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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.
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horsefly

(ˈhɔːsˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
(Animals) any large stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, the females of which suck the blood of mammals, esp horses, cattle, and man. Also called: gadfly or cleg
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horsefly - winged fly parasitic on horseshorsefly - winged fly parasitic on horses  
hippoboscid, louse fly - bloodsucking dipterous fly parasitic on birds and mammals
genus Hippobosca, Hippobosca - type genus of the Hippoboscidae
2.horsefly - large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animalshorsefly - 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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Translations
نُعْرَه، ذُبابَة دواب
ovád
hestemyg
bögöly
kleggi
ovad
at sineği

horsefly

[ˈhɔːsflaɪ] N (horseflies (pl)) → tábano m
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horsefly

[ˈhɔːrsflaɪ] ntaon mHorse Guards npl (British) the Horse Guards → la Garde à cheval
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horsefly

[ˈhɔːsˌflaɪ] ntafano, mosca cavallina
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horse

(hoːs) noun
1. a large four-footed animal which is used to pull carts etc or to carry people etc.
2. a piece of apparatus used for jumping, vaulting etc in a gymnasium.
ˈhorse-box noun
an enclosed vehicle etc used for carrying horses.
ˈhorsefly noun
a large fly that bites horses etc.
ˈhorsehair noun, adjective
(of) the hair from a horse's mane or tail. The mattress is stuffed with horsehair; a horsehair mattress.
ˈhorsemanfeminine ˈhorsewoman noun
a rider, especially a skilled one. She is a very competent horsewoman.
ˈhorsemanship noun
ˈhorseplay noun
rough and noisy behaviour or play.
ˈhorsepower (usually abbreviated to h.p.when written) noun
a standard unit used to measure the power of engines, cars etc.
horseshoe (ˈhoːʃʃuː) noun
1. a curved iron shoe for a horse.
2. something in the shape of a horseshoe. The bride was presented with a lucky silver horseshoe.
on horseback
riding on a horse. The soldiers rode through the town on horseback.
(straight) from the horse's mouth
from a well-informed and reliable source. I got that story straight from the horse's mouth.
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horsefly

n (pl -flies) tábano
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References in classic literature ?
Won't you, please, ride on a little farther," said Alpatych with a melancholy smile, "as it is not convenient in the presence of...?" He pointed to the two peasants who kept as close to him as horseflies to a horse.
Alexander, who has been a photographer for eight years, said humid weather helps to form the dewdrops on these insects which include dragonflies, horseflies, robberflies and wasps.
The recent humid weather has welcomed swarms of horseflies, which possess razor sharp teeth and a very painful bite.
Then there are the other days; days when the sun is crisping the back of your neck, machinery won't start, you are tripping over your feet and horseflies are treating you like an "all you can eat" buffet.
SWARMS of horseflies buzzing around Bootle are making residents' lives a misery.
Swarms of horseflies buzzing around one part of Merseyside are making residents' lives a misery.
The new study says that the traditional body-paintings of tribal people in Africa, Australia and Papua New Guinea may protect them from the blood-sucking horseflies abundant in those areas, reported CNN.
She is listening beyond the skelter skit-scatter notes, the quiver, twitched flank under horseflies --all that loveliness--cumulous hanks, met glances, rainlights slurred from the train, a necklace of unfollowed-up-on impressions, etc.
Horseflies thrive in hot weather, and their bites can be painful, due to their razor-sharp claws.
6 THE weather has led to a plague of vampire horseflies. It has seen populations of bloodsucking clegs - or horseflies, pictured - reach Mediterranean levels.
All of my extremities are riddled with bites from the midges and horseflies. As for my hands - rough doesn't even cover it.