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hoverfly Line breaks: hov¦er|fly
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒvəflʌɪ/

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Definition of hoverfly in English:

noun (plural hoverflies)

A fly which frequently hovers motionless in the air and feeds on the nectar of flowers. Most hoverflies are black and yellow, patterned to mimic various bees and wasps.
  • Family Syrphidae: numerous genera and species

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