from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus Ornithomyia, and allies), usually winged.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of some pupiparous dipterous insects which infest the plumage of birds, creeping quickly about among the feathers. A good example is Olfersia americana, which is found on many species of birds.
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