daddy longlegs


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n daddy longlegs spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs
    • n daddy longlegs long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Daddy longlegs (Zoöl) A name applied to many species of dipterous insects of the genus Tipula, and allied genera, with slender bodies, and very long, slender legs; the crane fly; -- called also father longlegs.
    • Daddy longlegs (Zoöl) An arachnidan of the genus Phalangium, and allied genera, having a small body and four pairs of long legs; -- called also harvestman carter, and grandfather longlegs.
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In literature:

In Ireland "dapping" with the green drake or the daddy-longlegs is practised from boats on most of the big loughs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
"The World's Fair" by Anonymous
Daddy Longlegs, too, had begun to sob, and in vain I looked back in hopes of seeing Jack-a-Dandy coming up.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
But Daddy Longlegs saw her.
"The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And no one could doubt the word of so respectable a person as Daddy Longlegs.
"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Why, there's a great Daddy Longlegs now!
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Daddy Longlegs had the best of reasons for keeping some facts to himself.
"The Tale of Daddy Longlegs" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Daddy Longlegs is all letters.
"Molly Brown's College Friends" by Nell Speed

In news:

A species of harvestman, known colloquially as a daddy longlegs, with a leg-span of over 12 inches has been discovered living in the caves of Laos.
The creature is a type of harvestmen, a group of arachnids colloquially called "daddy longlegs" and frequently mistaken for spiders.
Giant daddy longlegs attacking the Seattle Center: See the video.
Why giant daddy longlegs are attacking the Seattle Center.
The animal is a relative of the far more familiar daddy longlegs .
The animal is a relative of the far more familiar daddy longlegs.