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

  • n. Any of various insects of the superfamily Hemerobioidea, having four gauzy wings, threadlike antennae, and larvae that feed on insect pests such as aphids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several gauzy-winged insects of the families Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus Chrysopa and allied genera. They have delicate, lacelike wings and brilliant eyes. Their larvæ are useful in destroying aphids. Called also lace-winged fly, and goldeneyed fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as lace-winged fly.

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

  • n. any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids


From lace +‎ wing. (Wiktionary)



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