sand-fly


sand-fly

noun, plural sand·flies.

  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.

noun plural -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

n.1748, from sand (n.) + fly (n.).

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