Robber fly
Robber Rob"ber, n. One who robs; in law, one who feloniously takes goods or money from the person of another by violence or by putting him in fear. [1913 Webster]

Some roving robber calling to his fellows. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Thief; depredator; despoiler; plunderer; pillager; rifler; brigang; freebooter; pirate. See {Thief}. [1913 Webster]

{Robber crab}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A purse crab. (b) Any hermit crab.

{Robber fly}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Hornet fly}, under {Hornet}.

{Robber gull} (Zo["o]l.), a jager gull. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • robber fly — n. any of a large family (Asilidae) of hairy dipterous flies of varying size that prey on other insects …   English World dictionary

  • robber fly — any of numerous swift flying, often large, dipterous insects of the family Asilidae that are predaceous on other insects. [1870 75] * * * or assassin fly Any of about 4,000 species of predatory dipterans in the family Asilidae, found worldwide.… …   Universalium

  • robber fly — Hornet Hor net, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz, G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D. horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large, strong… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • robber fly — noun a large predatory fly which darts out and grabs insect prey on the wing. [Family Asilidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • robber fly — rob′ber fly n. ent any of numerous, often large, dipterous insects of the family Asilidae that are predaceous on other insects • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • robber fly — noun swift predatory fly having a strong body like a bee with the proboscis hardened for sucking juices of other insects captured on the wing • Syn: ↑bee killer • Hypernyms: ↑dipterous insect, ↑two winged insects, ↑dipteran, ↑dipteron • Member… …   Useful english dictionary

  • robber fly — noun Date: 1871 any of a family (Asilidae) of predaceous dipteran flies including some resembling bumblebees …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • robber fly — /ˈrɒbə flaɪ/ (say robuh fluy) noun any of the swift, often large, flies constituting the family Asilidae, that prey on other insects …   Australian English dictionary

  • Manx robber fly — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta …   Wikipedia

  • Robber — Rob ber, n. One who robs; in law, one who feloniously takes goods or money from the person of another by violence or by putting him in fear. [1913 Webster] Some roving robber calling to his fellows. Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Thief; depredator;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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