from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A voracious biting fly, common in woods and bushes, and very troublesome to dogs. It somewhat resembles the black fly which infests cattle.


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  • The LXX. render this by a word which means the "dog-fly," the cynomuia.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • The plague of flies (Heb. arob, rendered by the LXX. dog-fly), Ex. 8: 21-24.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • "It is now generally supposed that the dog-fly is meant, which at certain seasons is described as a far worse plague than mosquitos.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • This seems to identify the dog-fly of the Septuagint with the description of the Psalmist, Ps.lxxviii. 45, and to vindicate the conjecture that the tormenting mosquito, and not the house-fly, was commissioned by the Lord to humble the obstinacy of the Egyptian tyrant.]

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon


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