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Daddy longlegs   /dˈædi lˈɔŋlˌɛgz/   Listen
Daddy longlegs

noun
1.
Long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite.  Synonym: crane fly.
2.
Spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs.  Synonyms: harvestman, Phalangium opilio.






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"Daddy longlegs" Quotes from Famous Books



... o' nae sic worth, my lord—I hae yer ain word for 't. But I carena the leg o' a spin maggie (daddy longlegs)! Pairt wi' them I will not, 'cep' to him 'at pruves himsel' the ...
— Malcolm • George MacDonald

... here nor there,' replied his lordship; 'hat neither,' he added, exhibiting its crushed proportions. 'Old Blossomnose did the coat; and as to the hat, I did it myself—at least, old Daddy Longlegs and I did it between us. We got into a grass-field, of which they had cut a few roods of fence, just enough to tempt a man out of a very deep lane, and away we sailed, in the enjoyment of fine sound sward, with the rest of the field plunging and floundering, and holding and grinning, ...
— Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour • R. S. Surtees



Words linked to "Daddy longlegs" :   arachnoid, genus Phalangium, dipterous insect, two-winged insects, Tipulidae, dipteron, dipteran, family Tipulidae, crane fly, Phalangium, arachnid



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