Definition of harvestman in US English:


nounPlural harvestmen

  • another term for daddy longlegs (sense 1 of the noun)
    • ‘Cave crickets and harvestmen or ‘daddy longlegs’ that live inside the caves during the day and feed outside the caves at night contribute important nutrients to the cave ecosystem.’
    • ‘The 400-million-year-old fossil organ belongs to a harvestmen or daddy longlegs, a non-web-spinning arachnid, related to mites and ticks.’
    • ‘While some species may be better at hunting than others, most harvestmen scavenge dead plants and animals, only occasionally catching relatively easy prey, such as small caterpillars.’
    • ‘I'm sure it wasn't a harvestman, since it had a web.’
    • ‘In one species of harvestman in Panama it is the males, rather than the females, that take care of the young, a very rare phenomenon.’