deerfly


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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.

deerfly

(ˈdɪəˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
(Animals) a fly of the order Diptera and the genus Chrysops
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