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may·fly

 (mā′flī′)
n.
Any of various delicate, winged insects of the order Ephemeroptera that develop from aquatic nymphs and in the adult stage live no longer than a few days and do not feed.

mayfly

(ˈmeɪˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) Also called: dayfly any insect of the order Ephemeroptera (or Ephemerida). The short-lived adults, found near water, have long tail appendages and large transparent wings; the larvae are aquatic
2. (Angling) angling an artificial fly resembling this

may•fly

(ˈmeɪˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any of numerous insects of the family Ephemeridae, with large transparent forewings and threadlike tails, living for a relatively long period as an aquatic nymph and only for two days or less as an adult.
[1645–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mayfly - slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two daysmayfly - slender insect with delicate membranous wings having an aquatic larval stage and terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days
ephemerid, ephemeropteran - short-lived insect
Translations

mayfly

[ˈmeɪflaɪ] Ncachipolla f, efímera f

mayfly

[ˈmeɪflaɪ] néphémère f

mayfly

mayfly

[ˈmeɪˌflaɪ] nefemera
References in classic literature ?
And Miss Mills smiled thoughtfully, as who should say, 'Ye Mayflies, enjoy your brief existence in the bright morning of life
Some mayflies cling to rocks, some burrow in sand, and some dwell in even softer substrates.
The Dipper was the canary in the upland coalmine (an ironic analogy, I know): they eat aquatic insects - such as Mayflies - that are acid sensitive and were wiped out from the many acidic Welsh streams.
Larvated eggs were fedto larval mayflies (Ephemeroptera) collected from the Eramosa River where it passes under Stone Road, Guelph Ontario (43.
Hatches of Sedges, Mayflies and Spinners had trout at the surface.
He details projects at Bull Lake, Michigan, and Charlie's Pond, North Carolina, and research in dynamic reduction in metacercaiae infrapopulations in larval mayflies following reversal in water quality, changes in population and community dynamics in reservoirs subjected to thermal and chemical pollution, snail parasite interaction, red sore disease in fish, and ecological parasitology in aquatic ecosystems.
from 1997 to 2006 is gonna be munching on mayflies anytime soon.
It's a controversial pairing because, among other differences, mayflies molt as adults but dragonflies don't, says David Grimaldi of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Children build temporary homes for the mayflies and on a daily basis monitor conditions such as water temperature and oxygen, before releasing adult may-flies on the river bank at the end of the fortnight.
MILWAUKEE -- Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes.
This scene, repeated across rivers all over the UK from Spring to late Autumn, is preceded by a larval stage; as the mayflies spend the first year or two of their lives grubbing about the riverbed.