deer fly


any of several tabanid flies of the genus Chrysops, the female of which is a vector of tularemia in deer, livestock, and humans.

Origin of deer fly

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deer fly

  • As for the deer-fly, and others of his piratical breed, he will bite like a dog at any time.

    The Forest|Stewart Edward White