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  • n. A mayfly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a fly similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the genus Chauliodes, of the neuropterous family Sialidæ; specifically, the combhorned fish-fly, Chauliodes pectinicornis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly; larvae are used as fishing bait
  • n. similar to but smaller than the dobsonfly; larvae are used as fishing bait


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  • In the silence punctuating the desultory conversation, the sharp _swish, swish_ of the sand upon the panes almost drowned the complaint of the fishfly.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • "Them orang-outangs don't sound like no bell -- not when they holler," put in Cap'n Abe, leaning on his counter and staring at the tireless fishfly again.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Cap'n Abe -- and the fishfly -- boomed on together, the storekeeper evidently visualizing the scene he narrated and not the half-lighted and goods-crowded shop.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • "I dunno," the storekeeper went on reflectively, staring at a huge fishfly booming against one of the dusty window panes.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • He and the students found a number of other fly species on the water - mayflies, cattus flies and the fishfly among them.

    News for Waynesboro News Virginian

  • "Cap'n Amazon said," boomed the storekeeper a good deal like the fishfly -- "Cap'n Amazon said the _Posy Lass_ was loaded with lumber and her cargo's 'bout all that kep 'her afloat as fur as Hat'ras.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Another fishfly (or was it the same that had droned accompaniment to

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • I mean a real vacation, "Cap'n Abe declared, still staring at the fishfly now feebly butting its head against the pane.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

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