Tipula

Definitions

  • Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea) and larva
    Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea) and larva
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tipula (Zoöl) Any one of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera. They have long and slender bodies. See Crane fly, under Crane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tipula A notable genus of crane-flies, typical of the family Tipulidæ. It now includes only those species in which the discoidal cell of the wings is present and emits two veins, the upper always forked, and in which the antennæ are thirteen-jointed. Over 70 species occur in North America. T. oleracea of England, the cabbage-gnat or cabbage crane-fly, often does great damage to cabbages, its larvæ gnawing through the roots. This is one of the insects called in Great Britain daddy-long-legs or father–long-legs (a name given in the United States to certain phalangiids).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tipula tip′ū-la a genus of crane-flies
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the water spider, or water spinner
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a water-spider.