horsefly
noun Date: 14th century any of a family (Tabanidae) of swift usually large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horsefly — [hôrs′flī΄] n. pl. horseflies 〚ME hors fleege〛 1. any of a number of large dipterous flies (family Tabanidae), the female of which sucks the blood of horses, cattle, etc. 2. any of various other dipterous flies that bite or infest horses, esp.… …   Universalium

  • horsefly — (n.) late 14c., from HORSE (Cf. horse) (n.) + FLY (Cf. fly) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • horsefly — ► NOUN ▪ a large fly that inflicts painful bites on horses and other large mammals …   English terms dictionary

  • horsefly — [hôrs′flī΄] n. pl. horseflies [ME hors fleege] 1. any of a number of large dipterous flies (family Tabanidae), the female of which sucks the blood of horses, cattle, etc. 2. any of various other dipterous flies that bite or infest horses, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • horsefly — UK [ˈhɔː(r)sˌflaɪ] / US [ˈhɔrsˌflaɪ] noun [countable] Word forms horsefly : singular horsefly plural horseflies a large flying insect that bites horses, cows, and other large animals …   English dictionary

  • horsefly — Horse Horse (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus {Equus}; especially, the domestic horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horsefly — Breeze Breeze, Breeze fly Breeze fly , n. [OE. brese, AS. bri[ o]sa; perh. akin to OHG. brimissa, G. breme, bremse, D. brems, which are akin to G. brummen to growl, buzz, grumble, L. fremere to murmur; cf. G. brausen, Sw. brusa, Dan. bruse, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horsefly — noun a) Any of several large flies, of the family Tabanidae, that suck the blood of mammals. b) Stomoxys calcitrans. Syn: cleg, deer fly, forest fly, gadfly, March fly, yellow fly, zimb, stable fly, dog fly …   Wiktionary

  • horsefly — See Tabanus, Anthomyia canicularis. * * * horse·fly hȯrs .flī n, pl flies any of the swift usu. large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females that comprise the family Tabanidae * * * horse·fly (horsґfli) tabanid …   Medical dictionary

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