deer fly

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deer·fly

or deer fly  (dîr′flī′)
n.
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`


n.
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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Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever or deer-fly fever, is caused by the gram-negative intracellular pathogen Francisella tularensis (1).