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lacewing

[leys-wing] /ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
any of several insects of the family Chrysopidae, having delicate, lacelike wings and golden or copper-colored eyes, the larvae of which are predaceous on aphids and other small insects.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; lace + wing
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British Dictionary definitions for lace-wing

lacewing

/ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
any of various neuropterous insects, esp any of the families Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), having lacy wings and preying on aphids and similar pests
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