deer fly

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or deer fly  (dîr′flī′)
Any of various biting tabanid flies of the genus Chrysops, the females of which feed on the blood of mammals. Deerflies are smaller than horseflies and usually have a dark band on the wings.

deer′ fly`

any of several tabanid flies of the genus Chrysops, the female of which is a vector of tularemia.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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The woods are unpleasant, thanks to black and deer flies.
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Left uncontrolled, swarms of deer flies and horseflies can madden horses and cows.
All biting flies (horse flies, deer flies, stable flies, black flies, mosquitoes, etc.
Humans become infected through contact with infected animal tissues, ingestion of contaminated food or water, inhalation of contaminated aerosols, and bites of arthropods, especially ticks and deer flies.
With mosquitoes and deer flies buzzing around my head, I looked at my watch--1:40 p.
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It was truly one of the greatest times I ever had, despite the mosquitoes, the deer flies and the chiggers,'' he said.