- 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
Examples from the Web for sandfly
Historical Examples of 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