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flesh fly

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noun
  1. any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals.
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Origin of flesh fly

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Historical Examples

  • The larva of the common bee, and that of the flesh-fly, and some others, are among this number.

    The Life of an Insect

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  • Thus that of the flesh-fly, Ray tells us in the place just quoted, pushes itself by the protruded spines of its tail.


British Dictionary definitions for flesh fly

flesh fly

noun
  1. any dipterous fly of the genus Sarcophaga, esp S. carnaria, whose larvae feed on carrion or the tissues of living animals: family Calliphoridae
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flesh fly in Medicine

flesh fly

n.
  1. Any of various dipterous flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in living animal tissue or feed on carrion.
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