Hippoboscidae

noun plural
Hip·​po·​bos·​ci·​dae | \ -ˈbäs-(k)ə-ˌdē How to pronounce Hippoboscidae (audio) \

Medical Definition of Hippoboscidae

: a family of winged or wingless dipteran flies that comprise the louse flies (as the sheep ked), are bloodsucking parasites on birds and mammals, and do not lay eggs but produce well developed larvae from time to time which almost immediately pupate

Other Words from Hippoboscidae

hippoboscid \ -​ˈbäs-​(k)əd How to pronounce hippoboscid (audio) \ adjective or noun

Learn More about Hippoboscidae

Cite this Entry

“Hippoboscidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Hippoboscidae. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

Comments on Hippoboscidae

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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!