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greenbottle fly

[green-bot-l] /ˈgrinˌbɒt l/
noun
1.
any of several metallic-green blowflies, as Phaenicia sericata.
Also called greenbottle.
Origin of greenbottle fly
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; green + bottle1
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  • Many of them make off with a greenbottle egg between their teeth.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Nothing tells us that the grub of the greenbottle does not adopt this method of growing.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Remember the grubs of the greenbottle, fed on hard-boiled white of egg.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Here swarm in common the grubs of the greenbottle, the flesh fly and the bluebottle.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The greenbottle grubs, and the grubs of other Flies as well, have a wonderful power of turning solid things into liquid.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • The first question that presents itself is this: how do the greenbottle grubs feed?

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • On the top of this, I place a few slabs of greenbottle eggs collected a moment ago from the snake in my earthen pan.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Even in this imperfect case, it is obvious that the greenbottle grubs begin by liquefying their food.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The greenbottle's eggs, though these are of very rapid development, take twenty-four hours to yield their grubs.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for greenbottle

greenbottle

/ˈɡriːnˌbɒtəl/
noun
1.
a common dipterous fly, Lucilia caesar, that has a dark greenish body with a metallic lustre and lays its eggs in carrion: family Calliphoridae
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