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[sand-flahy] /ˈsændˌflaɪ/
noun, plural sandflies.
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
First recorded in 1675-85; sand + fly2 Unabridged
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  • Lieutenant Chimmo commanded the “sandfly,” surveying vessel.

  • Another strange sight is the sandfly dance, in which a swarm of masked men make the air dark with their antics.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • By-and-by a sandfly settles on the back of some one's hand, and proceeds to browse.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
British Dictionary definitions for sandfly


noun (pl) -flies
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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