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- n. Any of the species in the Hippoboscidae family of parasitic flies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the family Hippoboscidæ.
- Of or belonging to the dipterous family Hippoboscidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bloodsucking dipterous fly parasitic on birds and mammals
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Or is there a connection with hippoboscid flies, a common ectoparasite of birds?