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horse guard

a black and yellow sand wasp, Bembix carolina, of the southern U.S., preying on flies that gather around horses and cattle.
Origin of horse guard
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The horse-drive of the previous night was an exception, but that had happened because they had drawn near and seen no horse-guard.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • I recognised the man, whom I had met crossing from the horse-guard.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The boy gave the orders tersely after the horse-guard had risen and kicked his two companions awake.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • A kind of wasp preys on them, and is locally known as the "horse-guard," or "sheriff-fly," accordingly.

  • But in a few moments this officer whispered something to the horse-guard with him, and the latter started for the door.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • The horse-guard at last succeeded in stabbing its antagonist, and promptly dropped the dead body.

  • The horse-guard only, out by the caballada, stood leaning upon his rifle, silent and watchful.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Pablo and Fuentes were on horse-guard at the time, and mounted according to the custom of the country.

  • The Indians reported here this evening that the horse-guard at Wailatpu was killed by the Indians, and all the horses run off.

    A History of Oregon, 1792-1849 William Henry Gray
  • We reminded the captain that a hundred Pawnees would probably demolish the horse-guard, if he were to resist their depredations.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.

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