lantern fly


Definition of lantern fly

: any of several large brightly marked homopterous insects (family Fulgoridae) having the front of the head prolonged into a hollow structure

Examples of lantern fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that egg masses and dead adult spotted lantern flies were detected at a stone yard near Winchester last month. Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lantern fly

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lantern fly was circa 1753

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“Lantern fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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