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daddy-longlegs

[dad-ee-lawng-legz, -long-] /ˈdæd iˈlɔŋˌlɛgz, -ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
Also called harvestman. any of numerous spiderlike arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a compact rounded body and extremely long, slender legs.
2.
British. a crane fly.
Also, daddy longlegs.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; daddy + long1 + leg + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for daddy long legs'

daddy-longlegs

noun
1.
(Brit) an informal name for a crane fly
2.
(Austral & US, Canadian) an informal name for harvestman (sense 2)
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