tainted or contaminated; spoiled.
Origin of flyblown
First recorded in 1565–75; fly2
verb (used with object), fly·blew, fly·blown, fly·blow·ing.
to deposit eggs or larvae on (meat or other food).
one of the eggs or young larvae of a blowfly, deposited on meat or other food.
Origin of flyblow
First recorded in 1550–60; fly2
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for flyblown
Historical Examples of flyblown
Valle Crusis has a blacksmith shop and a dirty, flyblown store.
There was a good deal of muslin about, tied back with flyblown bows.
Do not eat food that is spoiled, smells or tastes badly or is flyblown or maggoty or full of bugs.
British Dictionary definitions for flyblown
covered with flyblows
verb -blows, -blowing, -blew or -blown
(tr) to contaminate, esp with the eggs or larvae of the blowfly; taint
(usually plural) the egg or young larva of a blowfly, deposited on meat, paper, etc
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