from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A parasitic dipterous insect whose larva is a rough whitish maggot in the rectum of the horse; a bot-fly, apparently Gastrophilus equi.


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  • "A species of them is familiar to horsemen in the south of England under the name of forest-fly; and to some of side-fly, from its running sideways like a crab.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2


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