daddy longlegs


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Phalangoidea \Phal`an*goi"de*a\, n. pl. [NL., from Phalangium
   the daddy longlegs (see Phalangious) + Gr. e'i^dos form.]
   (Zool.)
   A division of Arachnoidea, including the daddy longlegs or
   harvestman (Phalangium) and many similar kinds. They have
   long, slender, many-jointed legs; usually a rounded,
   segmented abdomen; and chelate jaws. They breathe by
   trache[ae]. Called also {Phalangides}, {Phalangidea},
   {Phalangiida}, and {Opilionea}.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Daddy longlegs \Dad"dy long"legs`\
   1. (Zool.) An arachnidan of the genus Phalangium, and
      allied genera, having a small body and four pairs of long
      legs; -- called also harvestman, carter, and
      grandfather longlegs.
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   2. (Zool.) A name applied to many species of dipterous
      insects of the genus Tipula, and allied genera, with
      slender bodies, and very long, slender legs; the crane
      fly; -- called also father longlegs.
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