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saw·fly

 (sô′flī′)
n.
Any of numerous hymenopteran insects of the suborder Symphyta, the females of which have sawlike ovipositors used for cutting into plant tissue to deposit their eggs, and the plant-feeding larvae of which sometimes damage crops and trees.

sawfly

(ˈsɔːˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
(Animals) any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor

saw•fly

(ˈsɔˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
any of numerous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant.
[1765–75]
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Noun1.sawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plantsawfly - insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
birch leaf miner, Fenusa pusilla - small black sawfly native to Europe but established in eastern United States; larvae mine the leaves of birches causing serious defoliation