crane fly


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

Examples of crane fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web North Texas weather is a haunted house full of crane flies, and the cost of entry to build even the micro-est of farms is steep. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 12 June 2023 Another great bait for perch fishing is oak leaf grubs, which are actually crane fly larvae. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 3 May 2023 Despite their creepy mosquito-like appearance, crane flies are completely benign. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 Monitor for European crane fly and treat lawns if damage has been verified. oregonlive, 1 Mar. 2022 Stop irrigating your lawn after Labor Day to suppress European crane fly populations. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crane fly was in 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Crane fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

crane fly

: any of numerous long-legged slender two-winged flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite

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