horsefly

noun
horse·​fly | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌflī How to pronounce horsefly (audio) \

Definition of horsefly

: any of a family (Tabanidae) of swift usually large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females

Examples of horsefly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The female twitches nonchalantly, as if bitten by a horsefly, and returns to eating. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 Then head to Puerto Montt to stock up on food, repellent for mosquitoes and horseflies, sunscreen, and plenty of cash. National Geographic, "Take the perfect road trip at the bottom of the world," 5 July 2019 Their summer body suit has a finish that wards off mosquitoes, horseflies, and ticks, and a UPF of 40 to block harmful rays. Sunset, "11 Awesome Finds for Dog Clothes & Accessories," 22 Jan. 2018 In winning the Blue Grass Stakes, Good Magic has qualified for bad karma. Keeneland’s showcase race has lately had about as much bearing on the Kentucky Derby as have lawn jockeys and horseflies. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Curb your Good Magic enthusiasm. Lately, Blue Grass entrants don't fare well at Kentucky Derby," 7 Apr. 2018 Departing various Northeastern professional arcadias and supposedly superior dining opportunities for the bleached-linen, biscuit-baking, horsefly-biting landscape of my childhood. Allison Glock, Southern Living, "The Joys of Moving Back South," 14 Sep. 2012 Departing various Northeastern professional arcadias and supposedly superior dining opportunities for the bleached-linen, biscuit-baking, horsefly-biting landscape of my childhood. Allison Glock, Southern Living, "The Joys of Moving Back South," 14 Sep. 2012 There are in fact thousands of distinct bee species flying around us all the time — small as gnats or larger than horseflies, fuzzed in hair as orange as Cheddar or armored in metallic green. Ferris Jabr, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: iNaturalist," 6 Dec. 2017 Departing various Northeastern professional arcadias and supposedly superior dining opportunities for the bleached-linen, biscuit-baking, horsefly-biting landscape of my childhood. Allison Glock, Southern Living, "The Joys of Moving Back South," 14 Sep. 2012

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First Known Use of horsefly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Horsefly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horsefly. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for horsefly

horsefly

noun
How to pronounce horsefly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of horsefly

: a type of large biting fly

horsefly

noun
horse·​fly | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌflī How to pronounce horsefly (audio) \
plural horseflies

Kids Definition of horsefly

: a large fly that has bulging eyes and of which the female delivers a painful bite to suck the blood of people and animals

horsefly

noun
horse·​fly | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌflī How to pronounce horsefly (audio) \
plural horseflies

Medical Definition of horsefly

: any of the swift usually large dipteran flies with bloodsucking females that comprise the family Tabanidae

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