Sawfly Saw"fly`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to the family {Tenthredinid[ae]}. The female usually has an ovipositor containing a pair of sawlike organs with which she makes incisions in the leaves or stems of plants in which to lay the eggs. The larv[ae] resemble those of Lepidoptera. [1913 Webster]

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  • sawfly — [sô′flī΄] n. pl. sawflies any of various four winged hymenopteran insects (esp. families Tenthredinidae and Cimbicidae): the abdomen of the female is provided with a pair of sawlike organs that cut into plants, the eggs being then deposited in… …   English World dictionary

  • Sawfly — Symphyta redirects here. For the moth genus, see Symphyta (genus).Taxobox name = Sawflies fossil range=Triassic Recent image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Symphyta subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • sawfly — /saw fluy /, n., pl. sawflies. any of numerous hymenopterous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant. [1765 75; SAW1 + FLY2] * * * Any of numerous,… …   Universalium

  • sawfly — noun Date: 1773 any of numerous hymenopterous insects (superfamily Tenthredinoidea and especially family Tenthredinidae) with the female usually having a sawlike ovipositor and with the larva resembling a plant feeding caterpillar …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sawfly — noun Any of various flying insects of the suborder Symphyta whose ovipositor is long and often serrated and is used to cut into plants to lay eggs …   Wiktionary

  • sawfly — n. insect whose female has a saw like egg laying organ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sawfly — noun (plural sawflies) an insect related to the wasps, with a sawlike tube used in laying eggs in plant tissues. [Suborder Symphyta: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • sawfly — saw•fly [[t]ˈsɔˌflaɪ[/t]] n. pl. flies ent any of numerous insects of the family Tenthredinidae, the female of which has a sawlike ovipositor for inserting the eggs in the tissues of a host plant • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • sawfly — /ˈsɔflaɪ/ (say sawfluy) noun (plural sawflies) any of the hymenopterous insects constituting the family Tenthredinidae, the females of which are characterised by a pair of saw like organs for cutting slits in plants to hold their eggs …   Australian English dictionary

  • sawfly — n. (pl. flies) any insect of the superfamily Tenthredinidae, with a serrated ovipositor, the larvae of which are injurious to plants …   Useful english dictionary

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