deer fly


noun

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

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Origin of deer fly

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Example sentences 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