crane fly


Definition of crane fly 

: any of a family (Tipulidae) of long-legged slender dipteran flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite

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Kramer writes, to impressive effect: Britain is home to some 326 crane fly species in all, including T. paludosa. National Geographic, "U.K. Braces for a Massive Explosion of Flies," 12 Sep. 2016 Named for their slender, dangling legs, crane flies live life in an amorous whirlwind. National Geographic, "U.K. Braces for a Massive Explosion of Flies," 12 Sep. 2016

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1658, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of crane fly

: a type of fly that has a long thin body, two wings, and long legs

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