from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of dipterous insects including the horsefly or horse tick.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Hippoboscidœ. H. equina is a winged tick-fly of the horse: also forest-fly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Hippoboscidae
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One fly deposits hundreds of eggs, and another, like the hippobosca, a single one; but this difference does not determine how many individuals of the two species can be supported in a district.
The condor lays a couple of eggs and the ostrich a score, and yet in the same country the condor may be the more numerous of the two: the Fulmar petrel lays but one egg, yet it is believed to be the most numerous bird in the world, One fly deposits hundreds of eggs, and another, like the hippobosca, a single one; but this difference does not determine how many individuals of the two species can be supported in a district.
Page 385 of several species, and their numbers incredible; we travelled almost from sun-rise to his setting, amidst a flying host of these persecuting spirits, who formed a vast cloud around our caravan so thick as to obscure every distant object; but our van always bore the brunt of the conflict; the head, neck and shoulders of the leading horses were continually in a gore of blood: some of these flies were near as large as humble bees; this is the hippobosca.
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