Deerfly meaning

dîr'flī'
See also deer fly.
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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.
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Any of certain bloodsucking, dipterous flies, esp. any of a genus (Chrysops) of a family (Tabanidae) of insects that includes the horseflies.
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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.
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Any of various species of fly which infest deer, principally in Chrysops.
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Origin of deerfly

From deer +‎ fly.