black fly


noun

any of the minute, black gnats of the dipterous family Simuliidae, having aquatic larvae.

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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Also called buffalo gnat.

Origin of black fly

First recorded in 1600–10
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British Dictionary definitions for black fly (1 of 2)

blackfly
/ (ˈblækˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

a black aphid, Aphis fabae, that infests beans, sugar beet, and other plantsAlso called: bean aphid

British Dictionary definitions for black fly (2 of 2)

black fly

noun

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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Medical definitions for black fly

black fly

n.

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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