Origin of flyblown

First recorded in 1565–75; fly2 + blown1


verb (used with object), fly·blew, fly·blown, fly·blow·ing.
  1. to deposit eggs or larvae on (meat or other food).
  1. 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 + blow2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for flyblown

Historical Examples of flyblown

  • Valle Crusis has a blacksmith shop and a dirty, flyblown store.

    On Horseback

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • There was a good deal of muslin about, tied back with flyblown bows.

    The Story of Louie

    Oliver Onions

  • 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


  1. covered with flyblows
  2. contaminated; tainted


verb -blows, -blowing, -blew or -blown
  1. (tr) to contaminate, esp with the eggs or larvae of the blowfly; taint
  1. (usually plural) the egg or young larva of a blowfly, deposited on meat, paper, etc
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