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horse fly

  1. 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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Historical Examples of horse fly

  • And here is a picture of the lancet or knife of a horse-fly.

    Natural History


  • No, its not a snake; it is a most perfect specimen of a horse-fly.

  • The blue-bottle one could hear and avoid; but the attack of the horse-fly was stealthy.

  • First he turned himself into a horse-fly, and hid himself in Dapplegrim's left nostril.

  • Cuvier laboring to distinguish a horse-fly from a blue-bottle, or dissecting a spider with a rusty nail?