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stable fly Syllabification: sta·ble fly
Pronunciation: /ˈstābəl flī/

Definition of stable fly in English:


A bloodsucking fly related to the housefly, biting large mammals including humans.
  • Stomoxis calcitrans, family Muscidae
Example sentences
  • House flies, stable flies and blow flies may be pests of dairy cattle kept on lots.
  • You probably will recognize some of the suspects: horsefly/deer fly, stable fly, housefly, black fly, hornfly, face fly, culicoides, and mosquito.
  • Scientists from the University of Illinois recently identified two species of parasitic wasps that may prove useful in controlling stable flies and house flies, two well-known pests in the midwest United States.
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