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sandfly

[ sand-flahy ]
/ ˈsændˌflaɪ /
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noun, plural sand·flies.
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.
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Origin of sandfly

First recorded in 1675–85; sand + fly1
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British Dictionary definitions for sandfly

sandfly
/ (ˈsændˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -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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Medical definitions for sandfly

sand fly

n.
Any of various small biting flies of the genus Phlebotomus of tropical areas, some of which transmit diseases.
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