from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of several flies of the family Oscinidæ, common upon wheat in Europe and North America, as Oscinis frit, Chlorops tæniopus, and C. lineata.
  • n. The Hessian fly.
  • n. The wheat-midge.
  • n. Improperly, a wheat plant-louse in the winged form.
  • n. The wheat gall-fly, a variety of Isosoma hordei, whose larva is the wheat joint-worm. See joint-worm, 2.


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  • Mr. Dill 's always been very nice to me, but that wheat-fly made him so mad to be paid something by somebody that it took the blacksmith 'n' me and four glasses of root beer to bring him to reason.

    Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs

  • Then the farmer has the wheat-fly and the turnip-fly to contend against; the former has actually devoured Lower Canada, and the latter has obliged me in a garden to sow several successive crops.

    Canada and the Canadians Volume I


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