from The Century Dictionary.
- To cling; adhere.
- noun A name of various insects which are troublesome to horses and cattle from their blood-sucking habits, as the great horsefly or breeze, Tabanus bovinus, also called the gadfly; the Chrysops cæcutiens (see
Chrysops); and, in Scotland, the Hæmatopota pluvialis, a smaller grayish-colored fly.
- noun A clever person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.), North of Eng. & Scot. A small breeze or horsefly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun now dialectal A light breeze.
- noun Scotland A
gadfly; a horsefly.
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- noun large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals
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(as chickens); _cleg_, a horse-fly; _coup_, to exchange, to barter;
"He's maist michty unsettled like," replied Saunders, "he's for a 'the world like a stirk wi' a horse cleg on him that he canna get at.
Being told that the cleg, or horse-fly, would suit his purpose admirably for lure, he addressed himself to Christy, the Highland servant-girl: ” “I say, my girl, can you get me some horse-flies?”