from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a small rounded body and long slender legs.
- noun Chiefly British A crane fly.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Great Britain, a name of tipularian dipterous insects, or crane-flies, of the family Tipulidæ. Also called
- noun 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-legsand granddaddy-long-legs. See Phalangium.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (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
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun UK, Ireland The
cranefly; any insect of the family Tipulidae.
- noun Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US Any (non-spider)
arachnidof the order Opiliones, mostly with long thin legs; the harvestman.
- noun loosely The
daddy long-legs spider, any spider of the family Pholcidae.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
- noun spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs
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From daddy + longlegs.