from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse bot-fly, Gastrophilus nasalis, possibly so called because its eggs are laid about the horse's mouth where they can be reached by the tongue of the horse and thence carried to its stomach.
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On reaching the end of the furrow, I found an enormous _chin-fly_ fastened upon him, and knocked him off.
On reaching the end of the furrow, I found an enormous chin-fly fastened upon him, and knocked him off.
Now, "said Mr. Lincoln," if Mr. ---- has a Presidential chin-fly biting him, I'm not going to knock him off, if it will only make his department go. "