Daddy longlegs

daddy-longlegs

[dad-ee-lawng-legz, -long-]
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:
1805–15; daddy + long1 + leg + -s3

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daddy-longlegs
 
n
1.  (Brit) an informal name for a crane fly
2.  (Austral), (US), (Canadian) an informal name for harvestman

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