Definition of horsefly
: any of a family (Tabanidae) of swift usually large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females
Recent Examples of horsefly from the Web
Shoo, fly, don't bother me Satan keeps horseflies as pets, and the portal to hell is located at the islands east of the Biloxi Marsh.
There’s a Pink Floyd pink shrimp, a David Bowie spider and an Australian horsefly with a golden booty named after Beyoncé.
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First Known Use of horsefly
HORSEFLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of horsefly for English Language Learners
: a type of large biting fly
HORSEFLY Defined for Kids
Definition of horsefly for Students
: a large fly that has bulging eyes and of which the female delivers a painful bite to suck the blood of people and animals
Medical Definition of horsefly
: any of the swift usually large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females that comprise the family Tabanidae
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