dobsonfly

noun
dob·​son·​fly | \ ˈdäb-sən-ˌflī How to pronounce dobsonfly (audio) \

Definition of dobsonfly

: 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

First Known Use of dobsonfly

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dobsonfly

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“Dobsonfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dobsonfly. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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