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- n. Any of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera; a crane fly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera. They have long and slender bodies. See Crane fly, under crane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A notable genus of crane-flies, typical of the family Tipulidæ.
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Going up the scale from the gnat, it is found that with the dragon fly this ratio is 30 to 1, with the _tipula_, or daddy-longlegs, 14.5 to 1, the cockchafer only 5.15 to 1, the rhinoceros beetle 3.14 to 1.
(_e. g._ flies and fleas) this union of the sexes results in the production of a _skolex_; while others have no parents, nor do they have congress -- such are the ephemera, tipula, and the like.