floptaba [flop tah bah]
Horsefly. A very large fly that is common in South Louisiana in the summertime when the weather is hot and humid.
Ex. "Mon dieu! A floptaba just bit me!"
I was reminded of this word today when I noticed a very old scar on my arm. I got it back when I was mowing the lawn as a teenager. I felt a searing pain in my right arm, and then looked down to see a long and prolific stream of blood flowing out from what looked like a hole in my bicep. The culprit was long gone, but I put two and two together as I'd been swatting at several horseflies while driving the riding mower and I'd also remembered my parents' relating stories of painful bites they'd experienced in the past. The bite of a floptaba hurts, but you don't usually feel it until it's flown away.