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snakefly

[sneyk-flahy] /ˈsneɪkˌflaɪ/
noun, plural snakeflies.
1.
any neuropterous insect of the family Raphidiidae, of western North America, having an elongated prothorax resembling a neck.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; snake + fly2
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British Dictionary definitions for snake fly

snake fly

noun
1.
any of various neuropterous insects of the family Raphidiidae, having an elongated thorax: order Megaloptera
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snakefly

any of more than 175 species of insects that are easily recognized by their small head and long, slender "neck," which is actually the elongated prothorax. The snakefly, about 15 mm (0.6 inch) long, has two pairs of similar, net-veined wings, long antennae, and chewing mouthparts. The female has a long ovipositor for laying eggs

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