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dobsonfly

[dob-suh n-flahy] /ˈdɒb sənˌflaɪ/
noun, plural dobsonflies.
1.
a large, soft-bodied insect, Corydalus cornutus, having four distinctly veined membranous wings, biting mouthparts, and, in the male, huge mandibles that jut out from the head.
Compare hellgrammite.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; after surname Dobson; see fly2
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  • Dragonfly nymphs and dobsonfly larva exhibit many of these characteristics.
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dobsonfly

/ˈdɒbsənˌflaɪ/
noun (pl) -flies
1.
(US & Canadian) a large North American neuropterous insect, Corydalis cornutus: the male has elongated horn-like mouthparts and the larva (a hellgrammite or dobson) is used as bait by anglers: suborder Megaloptera See also hellgrammite
Word Origin
C20: origin uncertain, perhaps after the surname Dobson
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