Definition of Horsefly

1. Noun. Winged fly parasitic on horses.

Exact synonyms: Hippobosca Equina, Horse Tick
Generic synonyms: Hippoboscid, Louse Fly
Group relationships: Genus Hippobosca, Hippobosca



2. Noun. Large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals.
Exact synonyms: Cleg, Clegg, Horse Fly
Generic synonyms: Gadfly
Group relationships: Family Tabanidae, Tabanidae

Definition of Horsefly

1. n. Any dipterous fly of the family Tabanidæ, that stings horses, and sucks their blood.

Definition of Horsefly

1. Noun. Any of several medium- to large flies, of the family ''Tabanidae'', that suck the blood of mammals (not to be confused with Stomoxys calcitrans, the stable fly, or dog fly). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Horsefly

1. a large fly [n -FLIES]

Medical Definition of Horsefly

1. 1. Any dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, that stings horses, and sucks their blood. Of these flies there are numerous species, both in Europe and America. They have a large proboscis with four sharp lancets for piercing the skin. Called also breeze fly. 2. The horse tick or forest fly (Hippobosca). Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horsefly

horsecock
horsecocks
horsecollar
horsecollars
horsed
horsedrawn
horsefeathers
horsefeet
horsefish
horsefishes
horseflesh
horsefleshes
horseflies
horsefly (current term)
horsefly weed
horsefoot
horsehair
horsehair lichen
horsehair wig
horsehairs
horsehead
horseheads
horseheal
horseherd
horseherds
horsehide
horsehides
horsehood

Literary usage of Horsefly

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1. Butterflies and Bees: The Insect Folk : Volume II by Margaret Warner Morley (1905)
"THE horsefly See, there goes a big black horsefly! Not all horseflies are large, however, and not all are black. Some have white patches on their wings, ..."

2. Annual Report (new Series).: Volume I-XVI...1885-1904 by Geological Survey of Canada (1896)
"(1) Lithographic stone, from lots 7 and 8, range III. of Marmora, Hastings county, Ont. 5. Dawson, Dr. GM :— (a) Strontianite, from horsefly River, ..."

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