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soldier fly

noun
1.
any of several flies of the family Stratiomyidae, characterized by brightly colored abdominal stripes.
Origin of soldier fly
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
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  • Do you cease to be honourable because others are dishonourable, and would you—a soldier—fly from the battle?

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard

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