Definitions

from The American Heritage¬ģ Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various four-winged insects of the order Trichoptera, found near lakes and streams.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any insect, of the order Trichoptera, having two pairs of hairy wings; they are found near lakes and streams

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as caddice fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An adult or imago of one of the neuropterous insects of the suborder Trichoptera, and especially of the family Phryganeid√¶.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small moth-like insect having two pairs of hairy membranous wings and aquatic larvae
  • n. small moth-like insect having two pairs of hairy membranous wings and aquatic larvae

Etymologies

Perhaps from obsolete cad (influenced by caddis), variant of cod2 (from the tube in which the larva lives).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In a sense those laboring to save one square inch of wilderness, rescue one caddis fly larva from pollutants, were in the deepest sense public servants.

    Blood Lure

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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    noun
    Date: 1787
    : any of an order (Trichoptera) of insects with four membranous usually hairy wings, vestigial mouthparts, slender many-jointed antennae, and aquatic larvae

    Caddis fly larvae are among the fanciful creatures that the central figure Tom encounters in the under water world in Charles Kingsley's novel Water Babies, 1937

    January 28, 2008