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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My grandfather wore a sweat stained fedora,\ a red feather from a bantam rooster in the band,\ and the mule he commanded seemed not so much\ attached to the plow as arrayed in leather and hemp,\ intersecting rings, halter, belly band, and blinder,\ and nebular swarms of sweat bee, horse fly, bottle fly,\ and gnats like live particles of penance he hosted\ for the curse of being a mule.
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