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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Horsefly  \Horse"fly`\,  n.;  pl  {Horseflies}. 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  dipterous  fly  of  the  family  {Tabanid[ae]}, 
  that  stings  horses,  and  sucks  their  blood. 
 
  Note:  Of  these  flies  there  are  numerous  species,  both  in 
  Europe  and  America.  They  have  a  large  proboscis  with 
  four  sharp  lancets  for  piercing  the  skin.  Called  also 
  {breeze  fly}.  See  Illust.  under  {Diptera},  and  {Breeze 
  fly}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  horse  tick  or  forest  fly  ({Hippobosca}). 




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