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femur Tweet Definition of femur Like Definition of femur on Facebook
noun (pl1=femurs, pl2=femora)
  1. (context, anatomy) A thighbone.
  2. A segment of an insect's leg.
fenestra Tweet Definition of fenestra Like Definition of fenestra on Facebook
noun
  1. an opening in a body, sometimes with a membrane
fire ant Tweet Definition of fire ant Like Definition of fire ant on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several red or yellow North American ants, of the genus Solenopsis, that can inflict a harsh sting
firefly Tweet Definition of firefly Like Definition of firefly on Facebook
noun
  1. A nocturnal, bioluminescent beetle of the family Lampyridae.
fishfly Tweet Definition of fishfly Like Definition of fishfly on Facebook
noun (fishflies)
  1. (Canadian English) A mayfly.
flagellum Tweet Definition of flagellum Like Definition of flagellum on Facebook
noun (pl=flagella or flagellums)
  1. (biology) In protists, a long, whiplike membrane-enclosed organelle used for locomotion or feeding.
  2. (biology) In bacteria, a long, whiplike proteinaceous appendage, used for locomotion.
  3. A whip
flea Tweet Definition of flea Like Definition of flea on Facebook
noun (plural: fleas)
  1. A small, wingless, parasitic insect of the order Siphonaptera, renowned for its bloodsucking habits and jumping abilities.
fly Tweet Definition of fly Like Definition of fly on Facebook
noun (commons)
(
fl, ies)
  1. (context, Zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings, also called true fly, true flies.
  2. (context, non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).
  3. Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.
  4. A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.
  5. A strip of material hiding the zipper, buttons etc. at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, or underpants.
  6. The free edge of a flag.
  7. The horizontal length of a flag.
  8. (context, fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resemble, resembling an insect.
  9. (baseball) A fly ball.
  10. (weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)
verb (flies, flying, flew, flown, )
  1. (intransitive) To travel through the air.
Birds of passage to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.
The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.
It takes about eleven hours to from Frankfurt to Hongkong.
The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.
  1. (intransitive) To flee, to escape.
Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!
  1. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to move through the air, to transport by air.
Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.
Why don"t you go outside and kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.
Birds their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.
Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.
  1. (intransitive) (colloquial) Of a proposal: to be accepted.
Let's see if that idea flies.
adjective (fli, er)
  1. (slang) quick-witted, Quick-witted, mentally sharp, smart (in a mental sense).
  2. (slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance.
Forester Tweet Definition of Forester Like Definition of Forester on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English topographical surname for someone who lived, or worked in a forest
formic Tweet Definition of formic Like Definition of formic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to, or derived from, ants; as, formic acid.
frass Tweet Definition of frass Like Definition of frass on Facebook
noun
  1. The droppings or excrement of insects.
frenulum Tweet Definition of frenulum Like Definition of frenulum on Facebook
noun (plural:frenula or frenulums)
  1. (anatomy) A small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far.
froghopper Tweet Definition of froghopper Like Definition of froghopper on Facebook
noun (pluralfroghoppers)
  1. Any of various small insects of the family Cercopidae that feed on plant sap and whose larvae produce cuckoo spit.
fruit fly Tweet Definition of fruit fly Like Definition of fruit fly on Facebook
noun
  1. any insect of the Tephritidae family, whose larvae damage plant tissue.
  2. any insect of the Drosophilidae family, whose larvae feed on ripening fruit, especially the species Drosophila melanogaster that is used in genetic research.

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