sand fly

n.
2. any of various other biting dipterous flies (family Psychodidae) that may transmit various diseases

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Any of several species in the dipteran family Phlebotomidae (sometimes considered part of the family Psychodidae) with aquatic larvae that live in the intertidal zone of coastal beaches, in mud, or in wet organic debris.

The genus Phlebotomus transmits the pappataci fever virus, and in parts of South America, Africa, and Asia it carries the protozoan parasites that cause kala azar, Oriental sore, espundia, and bartonellosis. The name is also used for species of the blackfly and biting midge families.

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insect
      any insect of the family Phlebotomidae (sometimes considered part of the family Psychodidae) of the order Diptera. The aquatic larvae live in the intertidal zone of coastal beaches, in mud, or in wet organic debris.

      Sand flies are of considerable medical importance: around the Mediterranean and in southern Asia, Phlebotomus transmits the pappataci fever virus; and in parts of South America, Africa, and Asia it carries the protozoan parasites causing kala azar, Oriental sore, espundia, and bartonellosis. The name sand fly is also used for certain species of the black fly and biting midge (qq.v) families.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Sand fly — Sand Sand, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.] 1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sand fly — n any of various small biting dipteran flies (families Psychodidae, Simuliidae, and Ceratopogonidae) esp any fly of the genus Phlebotomus * * * see sandfly …   Medical dictionary

  • sand fly — n a small fly that bites people and lives on beaches …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sand fly — sand ,fly noun count a small fly that lives in warm regions of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. It can spread disease when it bites …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sand fly — n. 1. BITING MIDGE 2. any of various other biting dipterous flies (family Psychodidae) that may transmit various diseases …   English World dictionary

  • sand fly — noun any of various small dipterous flies; bloodsucking females can transmit sandfly fever and leishmaniasis • Syn: ↑sandfly, ↑Phlebotomus papatasii • Hypernyms: ↑gnat • Member Holonyms: ↑Phlebotomus, ↑genus Phlebotomus …   Useful english dictionary

  • sand fly — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sand fly : singular sand fly plural sand flies a small fly that lives in warm regions of Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. It can spread disease when it bites …   English dictionary

  • sand fly — noun (C) a small fly that bites people and lives on beaches …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sand fly — noun Date: 1736 any of various small biting dipteran flies (especially genus Phlebotomus of the family Psychodidae) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sand-fly — n. Midge (Simulium nocivum) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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