- 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
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Examples from the Web for sandfly
Lieutenant Chimmo commanded the “Sandfly,” surveying vessel.Early Days in North Queensland
Another strange sight is the sandfly dance, in which a swarm of masked men make the air dark with their antics.Human Animals
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
- 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