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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
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