stable fly

noun
  1. a two-winged fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, having the mouthparts adapted for biting, and commonly a household and stable pest.

Origin of stable fly

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called biting housefly.
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Examples from the Web for biting housefly

Historical Examples of biting housefly

  • Transmission of poliomyelitis by means of the stable-fly (Stomoxys calcitrans).

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • The stable-fly has this vein slightly curved forward but not nearly so conspicuously (Fig. 43).

    Insects and Diseases

    Rennie W. Doane

  • Stomoxys calcitrans, the stable-fly—It is a popular belief that house-flies bite more viciously just before a rain.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Newstead considers that in England the stable-fly hibernates in the pupal stage.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • From its usual habitat this fly is known as the "stable-fly" or, sometimes as the "biting house-fly."

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley


British Dictionary definitions for biting housefly

stable fly

noun
  1. a blood-sucking muscid fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, that attacks man and domestic animals
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