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[saw-flahy] /ˈsɔˌflaɪ/
noun, plural sawflies.
any of numerous hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant.
Origin of sawfly
1765-75; saw1 + fly2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sawfly


noun (pl) -flies
any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor
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