Share this entry
horsefly Line breaks: horse|fly
Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːsflʌɪ/

Definition of horsefly in English:

noun (plural horseflies)

Image of horsefly
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
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:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources