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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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How to use horse fly in a sentence
As much human affection as you can squeeze out of the60 hind foot of a horsefly!The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
In spite of the humid atmosphere, a buzzing like that of a horsefly, hummed several times above the two visitors.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
The common horsefly, which is so troublesome in the shady lanes of England, belongs to this same genus.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
A horsefly (hoane) lived there at the edge of the mesa in a cavity.Seven Mohave Myths|A. L. Kroeber
Tabanidae viridis was not sent just to plague us with horsefly bites.Tabby|Winston Marks
British Dictionary definitions for horse fly
/ (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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