Definition of scorpionfly in English:

scorpionfly

Syllabification: scor·pi·on·fly
Pronunciation: /ˈskôrpēənˌflī
 
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(also scorpion fly)

noun (plural scorpionflies)

A slender predatory insect with membranous wings, long legs, and a downward-pointing beak. The terminal swollen section of the male’s abdomen is carried curved up like a scorpion’s stinger.
  • Order Mecoptera: several families, in particular Panorpidae
More example sentences
  • Although his paper about cryptic female choice in the scorpion fly was a landmark, there was no intellectual stampede to see whether cryptic female choice was fact or simply a nice idea.
  • The female scorpion fly is quite picky; she's looking for a mate with matched wings - a signal to the female that he's a good hunter.

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