- any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees.
Origin of bee fly
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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- any hairy beelike nectar-eating dipterous fly of the family Bombyliidae, whose larvae are parasitic on those of bees and related insects
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