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horse·fly / ˈhôrsˌflī/ • n. (pl. -flies) a stoutly built fly (genus Tabanus, family Tabanidae), the female of which is a bloodsucker and inflicts painful bites on horses and other mammals.

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horsefly Any of several species of flies in the family Tabanidae, especially Tabanus lineola. The female inflicts a painful bite and sucks blood. Length: to 3cm (1.2in).