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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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How to use blow fly in a sentence
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
A blowfly crawled over a caribou carcass, and possibly a few black flies were abroad.The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin|Francis Harper
He swore savagely under his breath, and dabbed viciously at a blowfly that suddenly became noisy on the window-pane.The Plattner Story and Others|H. G. Wells
Mrs. Drake continued, waddling to the mantelpiece and flicking a disreputable blowfly from one of the vases.
He had eased his uncle's labours by crushing the wasp, and averted his aunt's displeasure by obliterating the blowfly.
British Dictionary definitions for blow fly
/ (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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