• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tabanus (Zoöl) A genus of blood sucking flies, including the horseflies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tabanus A notable genus of flies, including the horse-flies, etc., and typical of the family Tabanidæ. They are large naked flies of brownish-black or gray color, often having yellowish-red spots on the sides of the abdomen. All the females bite severely. The larvæ are found in damp earth and under fallen leaves and bits of wood, and are carnivorous; some feed on cutworms and other noctuid larvæ. Nearly 100 species inhabit North America. T. atratus is the common large black horse-fly of the United States; T. bovinus is the common gadfly of cattle. See cuts under breeze and gadfly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tabanus ta-bā′nus a genus of flies, including the horse-flies.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., horsefly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Had he not discovered a new tabanus?
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
There are many different kinds, over one hundred species of the genus Tabanus alone, living in North America.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard