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daddy long·legs

 (lông′lĕgz′, lŏng′-)
n. pl. daddy longlegs
1. Any of various arachnids of the order Opiliones, having a small rounded body and long slender legs. Also called harvestman.
2. Chiefly British A crane fly.
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Noun1.daddy longlegs - long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bitedaddy longlegs - long-legged slender flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
2.daddy longlegs - spiderlike arachnid with a small rounded body and very long thin legs
arachnid, arachnoid - air-breathing arthropods characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs
genus Phalangium, Phalangium - type genus of the family Phalangiidae
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The Daddy Long-legs spider, also known as the Cellar spider or Long-bodied Cellar spider, was first recorded for science 242 years ago by Swiss entomologist Johann Kaspar Fussli, as 'Pholcus phalangioides (Fuesslin, 1775)', and was the only spider he described (Wikipedia website).
The origin of their name is not known, but some people think it may have arisen from the name of a novel called Daddy Long-legs, written in 1912 by Jean Webster.
Everything with wings, from a daddy long-legs to a plane.
Dame Vera Lynn, 97, pictured "Everything with wings, from a daddy long-legs to a plane.
MY birds always behave as if daddy long-legs are the last word in snacks.
And it's not uncommon to find a daddy long-legs ambling around the living room floor (although the daddy long-legs, or Harvestman, is not a spider at all, but a harmless second cousin to the spider family).
DADDY long-legs were in the news this week because the wet weather earlier this season has created an explosion in their numbers.
KIELDER: Dry flies, Grey Duster, Ginger Quill, Daddy Long-legs.