One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for horsefly
- ‘But most of the walk was a weary exercise in plodding along the old military road, warily eyeing up the murky clouds while midges attacked me and clegs took chunks out of my legs.’
- ‘It is, of course, the midges and the clegs who present the major problem to the Scottish naturist.’
- ‘He reminded his frantically puffing audience that smoking was a well-known antidote to the predations of the great horse fly, or cleg.’
- ‘Usually they are called clegs, horse-flies or gad-flies, without referring to one specific species.’
- ‘The heat was great, and the clegs and other flying torments were having a grand time at our expense.’
- ‘On Sunday I was bitten three times by clegs.’
- ‘The clegs were in good form tonight, and they were proving annoying so I sprayed on Skin So Soft.’
Late Middle English: from Old Norse kleggi.
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