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Chrysops

Pronunciation: kris'ops

Definition: The deerfly, a genus of biting flies with about 80 North American species, characterized by a splotched wing pattern; Chrysops discalis is a vector of Francisella tularensis in the U.S.; Chrysops dimidiatus and Chrysops silaceus are the principal vectors of Loa loa in west Africa.

[G. chrysos, gold, + ops, eye]

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