from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having thin, transparent, reticulated wings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having gauzy wings veined or netted like lace.


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  • The lace-winged gates, as tall as lamp posts, doorway to the whispering tunnel of ancient trees.

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  • A delicate lace-winged insect lights on my tablet and a saucy "camp robber" or mutton bird wonders at the unusual sight of me, the big man animal brother.

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  • Marguerite had twisted tassels of the willow-catkins in her hair, drooping things, in character with her wavy grace, and that sprinkled her with their fragrant yellow powder, the very breath of spring; and in one hand she had imprisoned a premature lace-winged fly, a fairy little savage, in its sheaths of cobweb and emerald, and with its jewel eyes.

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  • The lace-winged dragon-fly following our boat darted from side to side, or poised in air, or alighted on the dripping blade of our paddle when it rested for a moment across our knees.

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  • We can only answer this indirectly by pointing to the Panorpa and Caddis flies, with their nearly perfect metamorphosis, though more nearly allied otherwise to those Neuroptera with an incomplete metamorphosis, as the lace-winged fly, than the insects of any other suborder.

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  • Then painted hopes and lace-winged fancies flit out to take their place: things certainly are better, or they will be better, or they never have been bad.

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  • The lyrics are lifted in large part from the original text, most powerfully in the breathtaking title sequence, in which a lace-winged Cohen raises Becker from a bed of flowers so they can sing their devotions to each other.


  • "If they picked up his scent, he wouldn't last as long as a lace-winged birru in a windstorm.

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  • Tachina); also many carnivorous species of wasps beetles and flies, dragon flies and Aphis lions (Fig. 45, the lace-winged fly; adult, larva and eggs).

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