scorpion fly


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scor·pi·on·fly

or scorpion fly  (skôr′pē-ən-flī′)
n.
1. A mecopterous insect of the family Panorpidae, having an elongated beak and in the male of most species a curved genital structure that resembles the sting of a scorpion.
2. Any mecopterous insect; a mecopteran.
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scorpion fly

n
(Animals) any of various insects of the family Panorpidae, of the N hemisphere, having a scorpion-like but nonvenomous tail in the males, long antennae, and a beaklike snout: order Mecoptera
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Noun1.scorpion fly - any of various mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidae of the northern hemisphere having a long beak and long antennae; males have a tail like that of a scorpion except it is not venomous
mecopteran - any of various carnivorous insects of the order Mecoptera
family Panorpidae, Panorpidae - a family of insects of the order Mecoptera
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