lantern fly

lanternfly

[lan-tern-flahy]
noun, plural lanternflies.
any of several large tropical insects of the family Fulgoridae, formerly thought to be luminescent.

Origin:
1745–55; lantern + fly2

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lantern fly
 
n
any of various tropical insects of the homopterous family Fulgoridae, many species of which have a snoutlike process formerly thought to emit light

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