sand fly

sandfly

[sand-flahy]
noun, plural sandflies.
1.
any of several small, bloodsucking, dipterous insects of the family Psychodidae that are vectors of several diseases of humans.
2.
any of several other small, bloodsucking, dipterous insects, as one of the family Heleidae or Simuliidae.

Origin:
1675–85; sand + fly2

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sandfly (ˈsændˌflaɪ)
 
n , pl -flies
1.  any of various small mothlike dipterous flies of the genus Phlebotomus and related genera: the bloodsucking females transmit diseases including leishmaniasis: family Psychodidae
2.  any of various similar and related flies

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sand fly n.
Any of various small biting flies of the genus Phlebotomus of tropical areas, some of which transmit diseases.

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