lantern fly


lantern fly
noun
large brightly marked tropical insect with a process like a snout that was formerly thought to emit light
Syn: ↑lantern-fly
Hypernyms: ↑plant hopper, ↑planthopper
Member Holonyms: ↑Fulgoridae, ↑family Fulgoridae

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noun
: any of certain usually large and brightly colored insects that are chiefly of the genera Laternaria and Fulgora of the family Fulgoridae and that have the front of the head prolonged into a large hollow vesicle formerly supposed to be luminous; broadly : an insect of the superfamily Fulgoroidea

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lantern fly noun
Any insect of the homopterous family Fulgoridae, with a lantern-like proboscis, formerly thought to give out light
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Main Entry:lantern

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lantern fly,
any of certain homopterous insects of the tropics; plant hopper. The lantern fly has a long head and was formerly thought to produce light in the dark.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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