black fly

black fly

noun
any of the minute, black gnats of the dipterous family Simuliidae, having aquatic larvae.
Also called buffalo gnat.


Origin:
1600–10

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black fly
 
n
See also buffalo gnat any small blackish stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Simuliidae, which sucks the blood of man, mammals, and birds

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black fly n.
Any of various small dark humpbacked flies of whom the females are aggressive biters and serve as vectors in the transmission of onchocerciasis.

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