horse fly


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horse·fly

also horse fly  (hôrs′flī′)
n.
Any of numerous large biting tabanid flies, the females of which feed on the blood of various mammals.

horse′ fly`

or horse′fly`,


n.
any bloodsucking, usu. large fly of the family Tabanidae.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horse fly - large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animalshorse fly - large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals
gadfly - any of various large flies that annoy livestock
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PI: Lane Foil Institution: Louisiana State University Agriculture Center Title: A Study of Horse Fly (Tabanidae) Populations and their Food Web Dynamics as Indicators of the Effects of Environmental Stress on Coastal Marsh Health
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We saw the rocking horse fly out of a window and next minute Tracey fell back.
I could not keep away even when the horse fly bites swelled to the size of an orange and itched for weeks.