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Webster 1913 Edition


Horsefly

Horse′flyˊ

(hôrs′flīˊ)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Horseflies
(hôrs′flīzˊ)
.
1.
(Zool.)
Any dipterous fly of the family
Tabanidae
, that stings horses, and sucks their blood.
☞ Of these flies there are numerous species, both in Europe and America. They have a large proboscis with four sharp lancets for piercing the skin. Called also
breeze fly
. See Illust. under
Diptera
, and
Breeze fly
.
2.
(Zool.)
The horse tick or forest fly (
Hippobosca
).

Webster 1828 Edition


Horsefly

HORSEFLY

,
Noun.
A large fly that stings horses.

Definition 2021


horsefly

horsefly

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horsefly (plural horseflies)

  1. Any of several medium- to large flies, of the family Tabanidae, that suck the blood of mammals (not to be confused with Stomoxys calcitrans, the stable fly, or dog fly).

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