American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various arachnids of the order Phalangida, with a small rounded body and long slender legs. Also called harvestman.
- n. See crane fly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Great Britain, a name of tipularian dipterous insects, or crane-flies, of the family Tipulidæ. Also called father-long-legs and Harry-long-legs.
- n. In America, a popular name of the opilionine or phalangidean arachnids or harvestmen, spider-like creatures with small rounded bodies and extremely long, slender legs. Also called grandfather-long-legs and granddaddy-long-legs. See Phalangium.
- n. UK, Ireland The cranefly; any insect of the family Tipulidae.
- n. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US Any (non-spider) arachnid of the order Opiliones, mostly with long thin legs; the harvestman.
- n. loosely The daddy long-legs spider, any spider of the family Pholcidae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (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.
- (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
- n. long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
- n. spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs
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