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botfly

or bot fly

[ bot-flahy ]
/ ˈbɒtˌflaɪ /
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noun, plural bot·flies.

any of several flies of the families Oestridae, Gasterophilidae, and Cuterebridae, the larvae of which are parasitic in the skin or other parts of various mammals.

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Origin of botfly

First recorded in 1810–20; bot2 + fly1

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British Dictionary definitions for botfly

botfly
/ (ˈbɒtˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

any of various stout-bodied hairy dipterous flies of the families Oestridae and Gasterophilidae, the larvae of which are parasites of man, sheep, and horses
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Medical definitions for botfly

botfly
[ bŏtflī′ ]

n.

A robust hairy fly of the order Diptera whose larvae produce a variety of myiasis conditions in humans and various domestic animals.
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