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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of dipterous insects whose young (called rat-tailed larvæ) are remarkable for their long tapering tail, which spiracles at the tip, and for their ability to live in very impure and salt waters; -- also called drone fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remarkable genus of flies, typical of the subfamily Eristalinæ, having the marginal cell closed and petiolate, the thorax without any yellow markings, and the front evenly arched.

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