stone fly


Definition of stone fly

: any of an order (Plecoptera) of insects with an aquatic carnivorous nymph having gills and an adult having long antennae, two pairs of membranous wings, and usually long cerci

Examples of stone fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brown stone fly nymph on the end of my line and the 9-foot-graphite stick in my hand would have to act as the steelhead divining rod. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Steelhead fishing in Wauwatosa? Restoration projects on the Menomonee are showing their value.," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stone fly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Stone fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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