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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small, dark-colored biting flies of the family Simuliidae, the larvae of which attach to rocks in running streams. Also called buffalo gnat.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of blackfly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the United States, a small, venomous, two-winged fly of the genus Simulium of several species, exceedingly abundant and troublesome in the northern forests; -- called also buffalo gnat. The larvæ are aquatic. It sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals.
  • A black plant louse, as the bean aphis (Aphis fabæ), which infests e. g. beans and sugar beets; -- called also bean aphid.
  • n. a maggot bred from the egg of a fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small dipterous insect, Simulium molestum, with a black body and transparent wings, abounding in mountainous and wooded parts of New York, New England, and northward, and exceedingly annoying to both man and beast. It is closely related to the buffalo-gnat. See Simulium.
  • n. The bean-plant louse, Aphis fabæ.

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

  • n. small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
  • n. small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
  • n. blackish aphid that infests e.g. beans and sugar beets

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