sand fly


Definition of sand fly

: any of various small biting dipteran flies (especially genus Phlebotomus of the family Psychodidae)

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Recent Examples on the Web Besides combating malaria, gene drives could be used to alter, or even eliminate, other disease-causing insects, from the sand flies that transmit leishmaniasis to ticks that carry Lyme disease in the United States. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 8 Jan. 2020 It is transmitted through black flies, sand flies and biting midges, although scientists don’t completely understand its transmission process, the news release said. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Viral disease spreads to livestock in 14 Colorado counties," 2 Aug. 2019 Insects, particularly sand flies and black flies, can transmit the virus to animals. Trevor Reid, The Denver Post, "Virus affecting cattle, horses reported in Weld more than any other U.S. county," 15 July 2019 Black flies, sand flies and biting midges likely transmit the disease. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Virus making horses ill spreads to 11 Colorado counties; Larimer hit hardest," 26 July 2019 The viral disease is transmitted by insects — black flies, sand flies and biting midges. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two horses in Weld County test positive for vesicular stomatitis; first known 2019 cases in the state," 5 July 2019 Red sand flies during the movie's cavalry battles, horses and soldiers tumbling. Dan Popkey, idahostatesman, "'I promised ... that I wouldn't give up.' Documentary shows downwinders' plight," 9 Aug. 2013

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Sand fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of sand fly

: any of various small biting dipteran flies (families Psychodidae, Simuliidae, and Ceratopogonidae) especially : any fly of the genus Phlebotomus

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