• Definition for "horsefly"
    • Any of numerous huge flies of this household…
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    • The common horsefly, which is so…
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horsefly definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous huge flies of this household Tabanidae, the females which suck the bloodstream of various animals.
    • any one of a few medium- to huge flies, associated with family members Tabanidae, that suck the blood of mammals (to not be mistaken for Stomoxys calcitrans, the stable fly, or dog fly).
    • Any dipterous fly of the family Tabanidæ, that stings ponies, and sucks their blood.
    • The horse tick or forest fly (Hippobosca).
    • A hexachætous dipterous insect, as Tabanus bovinus and other species of the family Tabanidæ, of which the females have a piercing proboscis, and are extremely annoying to horses and cattle. Also called breeze, breeze-fly, and gadfly. See cuts under breeze and gadfly.
    • A pupiparous dipterous pest of the family members Hippoboscidæ; a forest-fly or tick-fly. Also known as horse-tick.
    • A dichætous dipterous insect for the household Œstridæ; a genuine bot-fly, due to the fact horse-bot, Gasterophilus equi. See cut-under bot-fly.
    • huge quick fly the feminine of which sucks blood of numerous animals
    • large swift fly the female that sucks bloodstream of various creatures
    • winged fly parasitic on ponies
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