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

Examples of crane fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of crane fly

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Crane fly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crane%20fly. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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