black fly
black fly lack fly, blackfly lackfly, (Zo["o]l.) 1. In the United States, a small, venomous, two-winged fly of the genus {Simulium} of several species, exceedingly abundant and troublesome in the northern forests; -- called also {buffalo gnat}. The larv[ae] are aquatic. It sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals. [WordNet 1.5 + WordNet 1.5]

2. A black plant louse, as the bean aphis ({Aphis fab[ae]}), which infests e. g. beans and sugar beets; -- called also {bean aphid}. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • Black fly — Fly Fly, n.; pl. {Flies} (fl[imac]z). [OE. flie, flege, AS. fl[=y]ge, fle[ o]ge, fr. fle[ o]gan to fly; akin to D. vlieg, OHG. flioga, G. fliege, Icel. & Sw. fluga, Dan. flue. [root] 84. See {Fly}, v. i.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any winged insect; esp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black fly — black′ fly or black′fly , n. ent any of various black biting gnats, of the family Simuliidae, that deposit their eggs in forest streams and are aquatic as larvae • Etymology: 1600–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • black fly — ☆ black fly n. any of a family (Simuliidae) of small, dark, dipterous flies of North American forests and mountains, whose larvae live attached to rocks in swift water: most species live on the blood of mammals and may transmit disease …   English World dictionary

  • Black fly — Taxobox name = Black fly image width = 200px image caption = Simulium yahense regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Endopterygota| ordo = Diptera… …   Wikipedia

  • black fly — n. insect that invades plants; gnat; small (somewhat black) biting fly with a sturdy body that has aquatic larvae and sucks the blood of birds and humans and other mammals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • black fly — any of the minute, black gnats of the dipterous family Simuliidae, having aquatic larvae. Also called buffalo gnat. [1600 10] * * * ▪ insect also called  buffalo gnat , or  turkey gnat   any member of a family of about 1,800 species of small,… …   Universalium

  • black·fly — /ˈblækˌflaı/ noun, pl flies or fly [count] : a small fly that bites …   Useful english dictionary

  • black fly — noun small blackish stout bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals • Syn: ↑blackfly, ↑buffalo gnat • Hypernyms: ↑gnat • Member Holonyms: ↑Simulium, ↑genus Simulium …   Useful english dictionary

  • black fly — a small widely distributed bloodsucking insect of the genus Simulium. Black flies are also known as buffalo gnats from their humpbacked appearance. Female flies can inflict painful bites and constitute a serious pest at certain times of the year …   Medical dictionary

  • black fly — a small widely distributed bloodsucking insect of the genus Simulium. Black flies are also known as buffalo gnats from their humpbacked appearance. Female flies can inflict painful bites and constitute a serious pest at certain times of the year …   The new mediacal dictionary

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