soldier fly

  1. any of several flies of the family Stratiomyidae, characterized by brightly colored abdominal stripes.

Origin of soldier fly

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Words Nearby soldier fly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soldier fly in a sentence

  • Do you cease to be honourable because others are dishonourable, and would you—a soldier—fly from the battle?

    Pearl-Maiden | H. Rider Haggard