horse fly


noun

any bloodsucking, usually large fly of the family Tabanidae, especially of the genus Tabanus, a serious pest of horses, cattle, etc.

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Origin of horse fly

1350–1400; Middle English horsfleeye
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British Dictionary definitions for horse fly

horsefly
/ (ˈhɔːsˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

any large stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, the females of which suck the blood of mammals, esp horses, cattle, and manAlso called: gadfly, cleg
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