horn fly


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to horn fly: stable fly

horn fly

n.
A small dark-gray fly (Haematobia irritans) that sucks blood from cattle, often biting around the base of the horns.

horn′ fly`


n.
a small bloodsucking fly, Haematobia irritans, that is a pest, esp. of cattle.
[1700–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horn fly - small black European fly introduced into North Americahorn fly - small black European fly introduced into North America; sucks blood from cattle especially at the base of the horn
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
genus Haematobia, Haematobia - European genus of bloodsucking flies
References in periodicals archive ?
Four of the 60 stable flies and one pool (2 flies) of the 45 horn fly pools showed a 380-bp fragment.
He conducted control studies on the stable fly and horn fly at the newly opened Kerrville facility.
Cattle can be so tortured by blood-sucking flies, the horn fly in particular, that they eat poorly and their milk production and weight suffer, explains G.