blow fly

or blow·fly


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for blowfly

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blowfly

/ (ˈbləʊˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

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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