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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

black′ fly`(n.)

or black′fly`

  1. any of various black biting gnats, of the family Simuliidae, that deposit their eggs in forest streams and are aquatic as larvae.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of black fly:

1600–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blackfly, black fly, buffalo gnat(noun)

    small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals

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  1. Black fly

    A black fly is any member of the family Simuliidae of the Culicomorpha infraorder. They are related to the Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae, and Thaumaleidae. Over 1,800 species of black flies are known. Most species belong to the immense genus Simulium. Most black flies gain nourishment by feeding on the blood of mammals, including humans, although the males feed mainly on nectar. They are usually small, black or gray, with short legs, and antennae. They are a common nuisance for humans, and many US states have programs to suppress the black fly population. They spread several diseases, including river blindness in Africa and the Americas.

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