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daddy longlegs,

name applied to the harvestmanharvestman,
arachnid, often called daddy longlegs because of its eight long, slender legs. The harvestman has a rounded or oval body possessing glands that give off an acrid scent.
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, an arachnid, and to the crane flycrane fly,
true fly resembling a mosquito, often called daddy longlegs because of its six long, delicate legs. (The harvestman, also called daddy longlegs, belongs to an unrelated order.) Most species of crane flies have a single pair of wings and slender bodies.
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, an insect.
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Confusion often arises because the name daddy-long-legs is also applied to two distantly related bugs: the harvestmen (which are arachnids but not spiders) and cellar spiders, which have a potent venom but whose fangs are too short to pierce human skin.
Biologists say that 200 billion crane flies - the official name for daddy-long-legs - will hatch across the UK.
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I was eating a pie at a golf course when I put a piece of meat and a whole daddy-long-legs in my mouth.
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The incident led to the abandonment of racing and was later attributed to loose turf caused by an infestation of the larvae stage of the crane fly, or daddy-long-legs.
Asked what one of the foals looks like at birth, he added: "If it's a thoroughbred from a pony, it's a sort of a slightly daddy-long-legs type of appearance.