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bee fly


noun

any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees.

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bee, bee balm, bee beetle, bee bird, bee block, bee fly, bee glue, bee gum, bee in one's bonnet, bee killer, bee martin

Origin of bee fly

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for bee fly

bee fly


noun

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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