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Meaning of sawfly

saw•fly

Pronunciation: (sô'flī"), [key]
— pl. -flies.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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