hrossafluga

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hross (horse) + fluga (fly). The reason for this nomenclature is uncertain, but some think that it has been given this name either because it's feet are reminding of a horse's long legs, or because it has legs which are long and clumsy, like those of a horse (compared to the torso).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈr̥ɔsːaˌflʏːɣa/

Noun[edit]

hrossafluga f (genitive singular hrossaflugu, nominative plural hrossaflugur)

  1. cranefly, daddy longlegs (Tipulidae)

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Icelandic Web of Science: Af hverju kallast hrossafluga þessu nafni? (“Why is the hrossafluga named so?”)