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flyblown

[flahy-blohn]
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adjective
  1. covered with flyblows: flyblown meat.
  2. tainted or contaminated; spoiled.
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Origin of flyblown

First recorded in 1565–75; fly2 + blown1

flyblow

[flahy-bloh]
verb (used with object), fly·blew, fly·blown, fly·blow·ing.
  1. to deposit eggs or larvae on (meat or other food).
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noun
  1. one of the eggs or young larvae of a blowfly, deposited on meat or other food.
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Origin of flyblow

First recorded in 1550–60; fly2 + blow2
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Examples from the Web for flyblown

Historical Examples

  • 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

flyblown

adjective
  1. covered with flyblows
  2. contaminated; tainted
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flyblow

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