horn fly

noun

Definition of horn fly

: a small dark gray European dipteran fly (Haematobia irritans) that has been introduced into North America where it is a blood-sucking pest especially of cattle

Recent Examples of horn fly from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'horn fly.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of horn fly

1708


Medical Dictionary

horn fly

noun

medical Definition of horn fly

: a small black European dipteran fly (Haematobia irritans of the family Muscidae) that has been introduced into North America where it is a bloodsucking pest of cattle called also cattle fly

Learn More about horn fly


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up horn fly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen the seriousness or strength of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's That From? A Word Origin Quiz

  • turris-babel-by-athanasius-kircher
  • What language gave the word robot to English?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!