mayfly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mayfly slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A typical Mayfly only lives one day.
    • Mayfly a short-lived fly which appears in May
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. Mai—L. Maius (mensis, a month), sacred to Maia, the mother of Mercury.

Usage

In literature:

The original airship, the rigid Mayfly, was known as No.
"British Airships, Past, Present, and Future" by George Whale
There was considerable similarity in form, though not in performance, between the Mayfly and the prewar Zeppelin.
"A History of Aeronautics" by E. Charles Vivian
The fact that the mayfly and dragon-fly spend their youth in the water is thought to confirm this.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
It is no place for the mayfly pleasures of a mind at ease.
"Trent's Last Case" by E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
All the same, I must have a strain of Mayfly blood.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume III." by John Galsworthy
All the same, I must have a strain of Mayfly blood.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
All the same, I must have a strain of Mayfly blood.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Very heavy trout are caught in this manner during the mayfly season.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Mayflies come in late this season, or I myself should have had one of his hooking.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Keeper and keeper's boys standing sentinel up and down the meadow, under orders to report the first appearance of mayfly.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
I wondered vaguely if it was a Mayfly.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
It possessed the elusive joy that mayflies have in dancing for a few sunny days above a glittering stream.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
These are the net-veined winged insects; the Dragon flies, Mayflies, Caddis-flies belong in this order.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
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In news:

The Au Sable River, famous for its hatch of Hexagenia, the largest mayfly in the world, flows over a sandy bottom right through town.
Pigeonroost Branch is home to crayfish, mayfly and fish.
So how did the weather service know it was looking at mayflies and not some strange rain event.
This fish was caught by my brother Jeff on a #22 Mayfly .
This fish was caught by my brother Jeff on a #22 Mayfly emerger on the E-Dub.
The mayflies are back, right on schedule.
Mayflies spend most of their lives -- about a year -- in the rivers, said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist with the University of Minnesota Extension.
The mayflies ' emergence usually happens about this time every year, Mayor Paul Hicks said.
The multitude of mayflies is good news about the Mississippi River, Hahn said.
It's not just anglers who follow emerging mayflies .
Trout sip struggling mayflies at the water's surface.
Mayflies emerge, struggle upward, fly, breed, and die.
Taster 's Guide to Mayflies.
The month's hatches start with the brown drake mayfly, followed by the isonychia mayfly, and rounded out by Michigan's biggest mayfly, the hexagenia.
Mayflies on a date realize they have only 24 hours to live.
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