- any of the minute, black gnats of the dipterous family Simuliidae, having aquatic larvae.
Origin of black fly
First recorded in 1600–10
Also called buffalo gnat.
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- a black aphid, Aphis fabae, that infests beans, sugar beet, and other plantsAlso called: bean aphid
- any small blackish stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Simuliidae, which sucks the blood of man, mammals, and birdsSee also buffalo gnat
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- Any of various small dark humpbacked flies of whom the females are aggressive biters and serve as vectors in the transmission of onchocerciasis.
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