[tab-uh-nid, tuh-bey-nid, -ban-id]
- any of numerous bloodsucking flies of the family Tabanidae, comprising the deer flies and horse flies.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Tabanidae.
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
Many other species of Tabanid, popularly called "Breeze Flies," are plentiful in this country.
As examples of the so-called free parasitism, the autumnal flies (Tabanid) and Stomoxys may be cited.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
- any stout-bodied fly of the dipterous family Tabanidae, the females of which have mouthparts specialized for sucking blood: includes the horseflies
C19: from Latin tabānus horsefly
- Any of various bloodsucking dipterous flies of the family Tabanidae, including the horseflies, that are involved in the transmission of several blood-borne parasites.