sand fly

noun

Definition of sand fly 

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

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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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sand fly

noun

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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