Tanystomata

Tanystomata

Tan`y*stom"a*ta\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? to stretch + ?, ?, mouth.] (Zo["o]l.) A division of dipterous insects in which the proboscis is large and contains lancelike mandibles and maxill[ae]. The horseflies and robber flies are examples.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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