crane fly

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web To see how even smaller fliers fared, the scientists caught and tested house flies, green bottle flies, and one crane fly. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Watch hummingbirds ‘dance’ through waterfalls," 18 Aug. 2020 The artificial fall also overpowered the crane fly, stymied by its long legs and slow flying. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Watch hummingbirds ‘dance’ through waterfalls," 18 Aug. 2020 Another great bait is oak leaf grubs, which are actually crane fly larvae. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "How to Catch a Mess of Jumbo Perch," 25 Mar. 2020 The cranes fly in from their winter grounds in Texas and New Mexico and stop for about a week or more to fatten up on loose corn in the surrounding agricultural fields. USA TODAY, "Crane season, corporal punishment, Common Core: News from around our 50 states," 11 Feb. 2020 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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“Crane fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crane%20fly. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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crane fly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crane fly

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

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