Definition of Sawfly

1. Noun. Insect whose female has a saw-like ovipositor for inserting eggs into the leaf or stem tissue of a host plant.




Definition of Sawfly

1. n. Any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to the family Tenthredinidæ. 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 larvæ resemble those of Lepidoptera.

Definition of Sawfly

1. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sawfly

1. a winged insect [n -FLIES]

Medical Definition of Sawfly

1. Any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to the family Tenthredinidae. 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 larvae resemble those of Lepidoptera. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sawfly

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sawe
sawed
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sawed off
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sawers
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sawfish
sawfishes
sawflies
sawfly (current term)
sawhorse
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Literary usage of Sawfly

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1. "Forestry in New England" by Ralph Chipman Hawley, Austin Foster Hawes (1918)
"Complete defoliation often results from the attack of the sawfly, ... An interesting feature of the productive powers of the larch sawfly is that it can ..."

2. Report on the Injurious Insects and Other Animals Observed in the Midland by Walter Edward Collinge (1907)
"The head is much larger and wider than the thorax, and the abdomen is attenuated. THE PLUM sawfly. ... THE APPLE sawfly. ..."

3. Manual of Fruit Insects by Mark Vernon Slingerland, Cyrus Richard Crosby (1914)
"Agr. Exp. Sta. Bull. 87, pp. 10-15. 1910. THE RASPBERRY sawfly ... states and Canada from Iowa eastward the larva of this sawfly often causes serious injury ..."

4. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1901)
"... it being above timber line on Mt. Shasta, between 9000 and 10000 feel. A NEW sawfly OF THE GENUS ..."

5. The Forester: A Practical Treatise on Planting and Tending of Forest Trees by James Brown (1894)
"... for the present purpose only a few species, particularly destructive among forest-trees, can be referred to even in a brief manner. 1. The Pine - sawfly ..."

6. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1835)
"An account of the Ovipositor, and Sawing Apparatus—An account of the Rose sawfly—Description of their Eggs, ..."

7. Forestry in New England: A Handbook of Eastern Forest Management by Ralph Chipman Hawley, Austin Foster Hawes (1912)
"... to that of the gipsy moth, but scattered specimens have been found in Vermont and other sections outside the infected Gipsy moth belt. THE LARCH sawfly ..."

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