horse fly

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

or horse′fly`,

any bloodsucking, usu. large fly of the family Tabanidae.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: 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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