robber fly

noun

Definition of robber fly

: any of a family (Asilidae) of predaceous dipteran flies including some resembling bumblebees

Examples of robber fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karin Nordstrom at Flinders University tells Yong that this study raises the possibility that other predator insects including robber flies and dragonflies also use stereopsis. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of robber fly

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Robber fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robber%20fly. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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