Definition of crane fly in US English:

crane fly

noun

  • A slender two-winged fly with very long legs. The larva of some kinds is the leatherjacket.

    Family Tipulidae: many genera and species, in particular the large and common Tipula maxima

    • ‘Except for observations of a long-legged crane fly, insect visitation has not been further observed.’
    • ‘Various crane flies, spiders, springtails and other species have life cycles of 3 to 5 years.’
    • ‘Of particular interest is an intronless white sequence in a crane fly.’
    • ‘Geoff is four years into a study of the insects whose less colloquial title is crane fly.’

Pronunciation

crane fly

/ˈkrān ˌflī//ˈkreɪn ˌflaɪ/