Definition of Horse fly
1. Noun. Large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals.
Generic synonyms: Gadfly
Group relationships: Family Tabanidae, Tabanidae
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horse Fly
Literary usage of Horse fly
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists (1869)
"On comparing the mouth-parts of the Horse-fly (Fig. ... Like the mosquito, the females alone bite, the male Horse-fly being harmless, and frequenting ..."
2. Five Years' Residence in the Canadas: Including a Tour Through Part of the by Edward Allen Talbot (1824)
"The HORSE-FLY is larger than an humble-bee, and is the most formidable and relentless foe to whose cruel inflictions the poor quadrupeds of Canada are ..."
3. The Life of North American Insects by Benedict Jaeger, Henry C. Preston (1859)
"The Lined Horse- Fly, 300.—The House-Fly, 300.—Description of it, 300.—How they annoy rich and poor People, 301.—Deposition of their Eggs, 301. ..."
4. Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan by Asiatic Society of Japan (1881)
"Then a horse-fly bit his august arm, and forthwith a dragon-fly came and ate up' the horse-fly, and flew [away]. Thereupon ho composed an august Song. ..."
5. Curiosities for the Ingenious: Selected from the Most Authentic Treasures of (1825)
"Number of Eyes in the Beetle and horse fly. Tss eyes of insects are immoveable, and many of them seem cut into a multitude of little planes or facets, ..."