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Daddy longlegs   /dˈædi lˈɔŋlˌɛgz/   Listen
Daddy longlegs

noun
1.
Long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite.  Synonym: crane fly.
2.
Spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs.  Synonyms: harvestman, Phalangium opilio.






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"Daddy longlegs" Quotes from Famous Books



... sunshine was streaming in through the big windows when the clear, ringing notes of reveille and the cheery strains of "Old Daddy Longlegs" roused him to consciousness ...
— Soldiers of the Queen • Harold Avery

... Humpty Dumpty up again." We must remember that the wise Fools of those days dared not call magnates by their real names,—nor utter facts openly: so accordingly (3) they turned Edward Longshanks into "Daddy Longlegs,"—and (4) sang about King John's raid upon the monks, and the consequent famine to the poor, in "Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie," &c.,—the key to this interpretation being "a dainty dish to set ...
— My Life as an Author • Martin Farquhar Tupper



Words linked to "Daddy longlegs" :   arachnid, two-winged insects, arachnoid, dipteron, Phalangium, Tipulidae, dipteran, family Tipulidae, genus Phalangium, dipterous insect



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