sandfly

[sand-flahy]
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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.

Origin of sandfly

First recorded in 1675–85; sand + fly2
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sandfly

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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Word Origin and History for sand-fly
n.

1748, from sand (n.) + fly (n.).

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