Share this entry

Share this page

snake fly

Syllabification: snake fly

Definition of snake fly in English:

noun

A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long “neck” that allows the head to be raised above the body.
  • Family Raphidiidae, order Neuroptera: Raphidia and other genera
Example sentences
  • Some other desert insects we've come across include the ant-lion, darkling beetle, velvet-ant and snake fly.
  • The Neuroptera are divided into two sub-orders, snake flies and alder flies are in the sub-order Megaloptera, and lacewings and ant lions are in the sub-order Planipennia.
  • Considered by some scientists to be a suborder within Neuroptera, snake flies (also called camel-neck flies) are amongst the most primitive of insects, probably arising as early as 300 million years ago.

Definition of snake fly in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure