flesh fly

|

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. flense,
  2. flerovium,
  3. flesh,
  4. flesh and blood,
  5. flesh color,
  6. flesh out,
  7. flesh peddler,
  8. flesh wound,
  9. flesh-colored,
  10. fleshed

Origin of flesh fly

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flesh fly



British Dictionary definitions for flesh fly

flesh fly

noun

any dipterous fly of the genus Sarcophaga, esp S. carnaria, whose larvae feed on carrion or the tissues of living animals: family Calliphoridae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for flesh fly

flesh fly

n.

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.