from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man who harvests.
  • n. See daddy longlegs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A field-worker who works to gather in the harvest.
  • n. An order of terrestrial, non-venomous arachnids with often very long legs: Opiliones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man engaged in harvesting.
  • n. See Daddy longlegs, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A laborer in harvest.
  • n. A harvester, shepherd-spider, gray-bear, or daddy-long-legs; an arachnidan, such as those of the genus Phalangium, having a very small globose body with long slim legs. Also harvest-spider.

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

  • n. spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs


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  • The daddy long-leg spider (Pholcidae) is often confused with the "harvestman" (Opiliones) which can also be called a daddy long-leg.

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  • A number of other invertebrate species, including beetles, harvestman, spiders, millipedes, and freshwater mussels are specialists on habitats modified by old Redwood and other conifer forests and maintain very local distributions.

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  • Several of the only known localities for endemic harvestman, spiders, land snails, and other invertebrates have been heavily altered or lost through logging within the last decade, and the current status of these species is unknown.

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  • The first "daddy long-legs" is actually a harvestman, or Opilione.

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  • Fact: There are several spiders that have been branded with this nickname—the harvestman, the crane fly and the pholcid house spider.

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  • Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.

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  • It dropped into the mist: a large chrome harvestman spider … a dead one.

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  • And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Reph'a-im.

    Isaiah 17.

  • Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcasses of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.

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  • Having heard that Daddy Longlegs was a harvestman, she urged him to go to work for Farmer Green at harvest time.

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