horn fly

noun

: 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

Examples of horn fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suzan Murray, director of the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program, suggests that climate change may play a role: Insects such as horn flies that could be transmitting parasites could be thriving in generally warmer and wetter conditions. Jacob Brogan, Smithsonian, 19 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1708, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of horn fly was in 1708

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“Horn fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horn%20fly. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

horn fly

noun
: 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

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