- any of several small, bloodsucking, dipterous insects of the family Psychodidae that are vectors of several diseases of humans.
- any of several other small, bloodsucking, dipterous insects, as one of the family Heleidae or Simuliidae.
Origin of sandfly
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The typhoid began in earnest later on, as well as sand-fly fever.
The mosquito is a mournful and disgraceful fact; and so are the sand-fly, the stomoxys, and the flea.Three in Norway
James Arthur Lees
Another noxious insect, the smallest, but not the least formidable, was the sand-fly known in Canada by the name of the brulot.
Another sickness of the hot season which now began to claim less victims was sand-fly fever.War in the Garden of Eden
They give rise to a malady known as sand-fly fever, which is like influenza and drains the body of all vitality for many days.
- any of various small mothlike dipterous flies of the genus Phlebotomus and related genera: the bloodsucking females transmit diseases including leishmaniasis: family Psychodidae
- any of various similar and related flies
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Word Origin and History for sand-fly
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