green·​head ˈgrēn-ˌhed How to pronounce greenhead (audio)
: any of several green-eyed horseflies (such as Tabanus nigrovittatus)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the Skin So Soft, or maybe because of it, the vicious greenheads did their worst, but if the blue-claw crabs were tugging at the chicken on our handlines, the joy overrode the sting. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 17 Apr. 2023 And the truth is that Jean Adams, like her beloved greenhead fly, was unbeatable., 23 July 2021 That’s a major problem for Southern hunters, who hold the greenhead as the king of all ducks. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 6 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greenhead was in 1837

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“Greenhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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