Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A voracious biting fly, common in woods and bushes, and very troublesome to dogs. It somewhat resembles the black fly which infests cattle.
“The LXX. render this by a word which means the "dog-fly," the cynomuia.”
“The plague of flies (Heb. arob, rendered by the LXX. dog-fly), Ex. 8: 21-24.”
“It is now generally supposed that the dog-fly is meant, which at certain seasons is described as a far worse plague than mosquitos.”
“This seems to identify the dog-fly of the Septuagint with the description of the Psalmist, Ps.lxxviii. 45, and to vindicate the conjecture that the tormenting mosquito, and not the house-fly, was commissioned by the Lord to humble the obstinacy of the Egyptian tyrant.]”
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