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[tab-uh-nid, tuh-bey-nid, -ban-id]
  1. any of numerous bloodsucking flies of the family Tabanidae, comprising the deer flies and horse flies.
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Tabanidae.
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Origin of tabanid

1890–95; < New Latin Tabanidae name of the family, equivalent to Taban(us) a genus (Latin tabānus gadfly) + -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for tabanid

Historical Examples

  • Many other species of Tabanid, popularly called "Breeze Flies," are plentiful in this country.

    The Young Collector's Handbook of Ants, Bees, Dragon-flies, Earwigs, Crickets, and Flies

    W. Harcourt Bath

  • As examples of the so-called free parasitism, the autumnal flies (Tabanid) and Stomoxys may be cited.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for tabanid


  1. any stout-bodied fly of the dipterous family Tabanidae, the females of which have mouthparts specialized for sucking blood: includes the horseflies
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin tabānus horsefly
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tabanid in Medicine


(tə-bānĭd, -bănĭd)
  1. Any of various bloodsucking dipterous flies of the family Tabanidae, including the horseflies, that are involved in the transmission of several blood-borne parasites.
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