from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) that sucks the blood of domestic animals and humans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several medium-sized flies in the genus Stomoxys, of the family Muscidae, that includes the housefly family. The genus is unusual among members of that family, in that they suck blood from mammals.
  • n. Stomoxys calcitrans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a common dipterous fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) which is abundant about stables and often enters dwellings, especially in autumn; called also biting house fly. These flies, unlike the common house flies, which they resemble, bite severely, and are troublesome to horses and cattle. They differ from the larger horse fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The biting housefly, Stomoxys calcitrans, common to Europe and North America.
  • n. Another fly, Cyrtoneura stabulans, common to Europe and North America.


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