from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the habit of catching insects on the wing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Catching flies; habitually pursuing flies upon the wing; having the characters of a flycatcher.


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  • It is evidently of very great advantage to a medium, especially if fraudulent, to be personally attractive; it aids in the ‘fly-catching business.’

    The Secret Life of Houdini

  • This barrier is equally effectual in the case of many other birds which live only in the depths of the forest, as the kinghunters (Dacelo gaudichaudi), the fly-catching wrens (Todopsis), the great crown pigeon (Goura coronata), and the small wood doves (Ptilonopus perlatus, P. aurantiifrons, and P. coronulatus).

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The flashing alertness of a fly-catching lizard, is it not proverbial?

    My Tropic Isle

  • If we could only get some hint as to what passed in his mind, between the time of my argument with him today and his resumption of fly-catching, it might afford us a valuable clue.


  • This was noteworthy because most fly-catching devices

    5 Chicken

  • On the wall the lizards, awakened by the sudden glare, resumed their fly-catching, and scuttled with a dry, scurrying sound over the walls, breaking the silence with a perpetual

    The Pointing Man A Burmese Mystery

  • The evening we received them we decided to attach a few to the ceiling, but before we could fix them in position their fly-catching capacities were exhausted.

    Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons Wesel, Sennelager, Klingelputz, Ruhleben

  • The fly-catching birds catch their insect food on the wing among the trees and branches, and, last of all, the swallows skim high in the air and catch the few insects that rise high above the tree-tops.

    Checking the Waste A Study in Conservation

  • She had often tried fly-catching herself, but she knew she was no good at it.

    The Mountain of Adventure

  • They took not the slightest notice of her, but went on with their fly-catching deftly and serenely.

    The Mountain of Adventure


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