any of numerous bloodsucking flies of the family Tabanidae, comprising the deer flies and horse flies.
belonging or pertaining to the family Tabanidae.
any stout-bodied fly of the dipterous family Tabanidae, the females of which have mouthparts specialized for sucking blood: includes the horseflies

tabanid ta·ba·nid (tə-bā’nĭd, -bān’ĭd)
Any of various bloodsucking dipterous flies of the family Tabanidae, including the horseflies, that are involved in the transmission of several blood-borne parasites.


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