noun (plural horseflies)
A stoutly built fly, the female of which is a bloodsucker and inflicts painful bites on horses, humans, and other large mammals.
- Family Tabanidae: numerous species, in particular the common European Haematopota pluvialis
More example sentences
- A bite from a horsefly can be very painful, can take a long time to heal and can lead to an infection.
- Try to avoid camping near water, such as ponds and swamps where insects such as mosquitoes and horseflies are commonly found.
- The horsefly's larva spirals up and down through soft mud, creating a cylindrical column in which it pupates.
Definition of horsefly in:
- The US English dictionary