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biting housefly

noun

stable fly

noun
1.
a two-winged fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, having the mouthparts adapted for biting, and commonly a household and stable pest.
Also called biting housefly.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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British Dictionary definitions for biting house-flies

stable fly

noun
1.
a blood-sucking muscid fly, Stomoxys calcitrans, that attacks man and domestic animals
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Encyclopedia Article for biting house-flies

stable fly

a species of vicious bloodsucking fly in the family Muscidae (sometimes placed in the family Stomoxyidae) in the fly order, Diptera. Stable flies are usually found in open sunny areas, although they may enter a house during bad weather. Often known as biting houseflies, they may transmit anthrax and other animal diseases.

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