scorpion fly

scorpionfly

[skawr-pee-uhn-flahy]
noun, plural scorpionflies.
any of several harmless insects of the order Mecoptera, the male of certain species having a reproductive structure that resembles the sting of a scorpion.
Also, scorpion fly.


Origin:
1660–70; scorpion + fly2

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scorpion fly
 
n
any of various insects of the family Panorpidae, of the N hemisphere, having a scorpion-like but nonvenomous tail in the males, long antennae, and a beaklike snout: order Mecoptera

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