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

First Known Use of crane fly

1658


CRANE FLY Defined for English Language Learners

crane fly

noun

Definition of crane fly for English Language Learners

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



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