dobsonfly

noun

dob·​son·​fly ˈdäb-sən-ˌflī How to pronounce dobsonfly (audio)
: a winged insect (family Corydalidae) that has very long slender mandibles in the male and a large carnivorous aquatic larva and that is now usually considered a neuropteran compare hellgrammite

Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dobsonfly was circa 1904

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“Dobsonfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dobsonfly. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

dobsonfly

noun
dob·​son·​fly ˈdäb-sən-ˌflī How to pronounce dobsonfly (audio)
: a large-eyed winged insect with a large flesh-eating water-dwelling larva

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