from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of large and voracious two-winged flies, including the bee killer and robber fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of two-winged flies, of the family Asilidæ, popularly known as hornet-flies, robber-flies, or hawk-flies.
  • n. In ornithology: [lowercase] An old name (Gesner, 1555, to Brisson, 1760) of the willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus.
  • n. A genus of such warblers.


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