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caddisfly

Syllabification: cad·dis·fly
Pronunciation: /ˈkadəsˌflī
 
/
(also caddis fly)

Definition of caddisfly in English:

noun (plural caddisflies)

A small, mothlike insect with an aquatic larva that typically builds a protective, portable case of sticks, stones, and other particles. Some kinds have been traditionally used as bait by fishermen.
  • Order Trichoptera: several families
Example sentences
  • Every day the sun sets behind blurred clouds of stonefly, caddis, midge or mayfly dancing against the horizon.
  • The key to the transformation is that the oxygen has increased the number of invertebrate the fish feed on from about five to 30 including freshwater shrimp, water louse and a caddis which only thrives in pristine waters.
  • It included specimens of fourteen insect orders, with major holdings of New Zealand moths, butterflies, beetles, stoners, caddis and bugs.

Origin

mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

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