from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various bloodsucking dipterous flies of the family Tabanidae, which includes the horseflies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of or pertaining to the horseflies of the family Tabanidae.
- n. a horsefly
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the Tabanidæ; related to or resembling a tabanid.
- n. A fly of the family Tabanidæ; a horse-fly; a deer-fly; a gadfly or breeze.
Anyone who has been bitten by a horsefly (formally, a tabanid) knows that they're much more irritating than your average midge or mosquito.
We show that such stripes make the host quite tabanid-repellent. "
"We would like to mention that we are preparing a separate paper on the effect of stripes on host animals like zebra, okapi, etc. to the attraction of tabanid flies.