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flying tiger

 [from its ferociousness] n. a large mosquito (sp?): 1817 The greatest obstacles I meet with are the long-legs, mosquitoes, and sand-flies. These [places] are famous for the last two species of flying tigers (Dowson 99). The fly­ing tiger is a big, fleshy mosquito with brown wings; it leaves a bad smell when you kill it (Andros).

Tags: animal, insect, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-30 01:53
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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