Horseflies
Horsefly Horse"fly`, n.; pl. {Horseflies}. 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any dipterous fly of the family {Tabanid[ae]}, that stings horses, and sucks their blood. [1913 Webster]

Note: Of these flies there are numerous species, both in Europe and America. They have a large proboscis with four sharp lancets for piercing the skin. Called also {breeze fly}. See Illust. under {Diptera}, and {Breeze fly}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The horse tick or forest fly ({Hippobosca}). [1913 Webster]


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