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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.
n, pl -flies
(Animals) any of various hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae and related families, the females of which have a sawlike ovipositor
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.
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|Noun||1.||sawfly - 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