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blow fly

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noun
  1. any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Calliphoridae that deposit their eggs or larvae on carrion, excrement, etc., or in wounds of living animals.
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Origin of blow fly

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for blowfly

Historical Examples

  • The house-fly has a life-history and immature stages like the blowfly, but its eggs are deposited on manure.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • He had eased his uncle's labours by crushing the wasp, and averted his aunt's displeasure by obliterating the blowfly.

    A Drake by George!

    John Trevena

  • These must have been the larv of a blowfly similar to that which has been mentioned by others as inhabiting Sarracenia.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • blowfly crawled over a caribou carcass, and possibly a few black flies were abroad.

  • He swore savagely under his breath, and dabbed viciously at a blowfly that suddenly became noisy on the window-pane.


British Dictionary definitions for blowfly

blowfly

noun plural -flies
  1. any of various dipterous flies of the genus Calliphora and related genera that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, carrion, and open wounds: family CalliphoridaeAlso called: bluebottle
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