Black Flags. An organization composed originally of Chinese rebels that had been driven into Tonkin by the suppression of the Taiping rebellion, but later increased by bands of pirates and adventurers. It took a prominent part in fighting the French during their hostilities with Anam, 1873-85.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
blackfly, (Zol.) 1. In the United States, a small, venomous, two-winged fly of the genus Simulium of several species, exceedingly abundant and troublesome in the northern forests; -- called also buffalo gnat. The larv are aquatic. It sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals.
[WordNet 1.5 + WordNet 1.5]
2. A black plant louse, as the bean aphis (Aphis fab), which infests e. g. beans and sugar beets; -- called also
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