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horsefly

/ˈhɔːsˌflaɪ/
noun (pl) -flies
1.
any large stout-bodied dipterous fly of the family Tabanidae, the females of which suck the blood of mammals, esp horses, cattle, and man Also called gadfly, cleg
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n.

late 14c., from horse (n.) + fly (n.).

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