daddy longlegs

noun

dad·​dy long·​legs ˌda-dē-ˈlȯŋ-ˌlegz How to pronounce daddy longlegs (audio)
-ˌlāgz
plural daddy longlegs
1
chiefly British : crane fly
2
: any of an order (Opiliones) of arachnids that have slender usually long legs and that resemble spiders but have an oval body lacking a constriction

called also harvestman

Examples of daddy longlegs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What seems to be the entirety of the tent is covered in daddy longlegs crawling across the screen. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 1 Nov. 2023 These critters come in different shapes and sizes, with limbs of variable lengths (there’s a short, squatty one that can gnaw through wooden doors and a far taller variation that climbs walls and moves like a daddy longlegs). Peter Debruge, Variety, 22 Sep. 2023 Her Dior tooth accessory, face gems, and glittery skin may not be very spidery, but those super-skinny brows could arguably be a tribute to daddy longlegs. Marci Robin, Allure, 12 Sep. 2023 Unlike real arachnids, daddy longlegs only have one set of eyes. Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2017 Don’t kill daddy longlegs. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2020 The eye of a daddy longlegs, or harvestman, magnified 20 times. Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2017 Look closely: This hairy, pulsating carpet is actually a group of harvestmen, an arachnid commonly known as daddy longlegs. Allison Bond, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2010 These contraptions look like daddy longlegs with tiny hooks at each foot to hold them in place in the vein. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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daddy longlegs

noun
dad·​dy long·​legs ˌdad-ē-ˈlȯŋ-ˌlegz How to pronounce daddy longlegs (audio)
1
2
: any of various invertebrates that are arachnids which resemble true spiders but have a small rounded body and very long slender legs

called also harvestman

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