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  • n. Any fly of the genus Glossina, native to Africa, that feeds on human and animal blood; known primarily as a carrier of parasitic trypanosomes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A venomous two-winged African fly (Glossina morsitans) whose bite is very poisonous, and even fatal, to horses and cattle, but harmless to men. It renders extensive districts in which it abounds uninhabitable during certain seasons of the year.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An African dipterous insect, of the family Stomoxyidæ and genus Glossina, G. morsitans, whose bite is often fatal to some animals, as horses, cattle, and dogs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.

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  • famous stinging fly of Africa

    December 10, 2006