horse fly

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. horse brass,
  2. horse chestnut,
  3. horse clam,
  4. horse conch,
  5. horse corn,
  6. horse gentian,
  7. horse guard,
  8. horse latitudes,
  9. horse laugh,
  10. horse mackerel

Origin of horse fly

1350–1400; Middle English horsfleeye

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