from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A net used as a protection against flies, as in an open window to prevent their entrance.
- n. A fringe or a net used to protect a horse from flies.
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Down her broad back there hung a great gauzy lace veil, big enough to make a fly-net for a cow camel in summer.
The mere touch of clothing was almost unbearable in the heat, but it was better to swathe the head in a fly-net and roll a blanket round the outlying portions of the body, than to strip to the buff and lie exposed to the attacks of those damnable flies.
Glancing from my window -- as I frequently did while I was at work -- whom should I see, with a fly-net over his shoulder, but Wilton, one of the three fellows in against me for the scholarship!
A megaphone can be used as a beehive, and a hammock can be turned into a fly-net for a horse, but you never think of doing so; and, furthermore, you _can_ say positively that while the things may be used for these purposes, the original maker never, never, never thought of it. "