One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British. A crane fly; = "daddy-long-legs".
2Chiefly North American. A harvestman (order Opiliones), which has a small rounded body and very long thin legs.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Henry Baker (1698–1774), natural philosopher and teacher of deaf people. From father + long + the plural of leg.
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