horn fly


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horn fly

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


n.
a small bloodsucking fly, Haematobia irritans, that is a pest, esp. of cattle.
[1700–10, Amer.]
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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
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Distribution of horn fly throughout a year was monitored in 15 heifers F1 (Holstein x Brahman) of 11 [+ or -] 2 months of age and 170 [+ or -] 19 kg of weight.
Four of the 60 stable flies and one pool (2 flies) of the 45 horn fly pools showed a 380-bp fragment.