daddy longlegs
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdædɪ ˈlɒŋ(ɡ)leɡz/

daddy longlegs

  1. (UK, Ireland) The cranefly; any insect of the suborder Tipulomorpha.
  2. (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US) Any (non-spider) arachnid of the order Opiliones, mostly with long thin legs; the harvestman.
    • 2002, Maurice Burton, Robert Burton, The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, Volume 10, [ page 636],
      Unlike spiders, daddy longlegs do not have a clearly marked division between thorax and abdomen. They are further distinguished from spiders in that they do not produce venom or silk.
    • 2004, Clay Thompson, Marshall Trimble, The Valley 101 Great Big Book of Life, [ page 33],
      Daddy longlegs aren′t even really spiders.
  3. (loosely) The daddy long-legs spider, any spider of the family Pholcidae.
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