greenbottle fly

[green-bot-l]

Origin of greenbottle fly

First recorded in 1860–65; green + bottle1
Also called green·bot·tle.
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Examples from the Web for greenbottle

Historical Examples of greenbottle

  • Many of them make off with a greenbottle egg between their teeth.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Nothing tells us that the grub of the greenbottle does not adopt this method of growing.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Remember the grubs of the greenbottle, fed on hard-boiled white of egg.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Here swarm in common the grubs of the greenbottle, the flesh fly and the bluebottle.

    The Life of the Fly

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The Greenbottle grubs, and the grubs of other Flies as well, have a wonderful power of turning solid things into liquid.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre


British Dictionary definitions for greenbottle

greenbottle

noun
  1. a common dipterous fly, Lucilia caesar, that has a dark greenish body with a metallic lustre and lays its eggs in carrion: family Calliphoridae
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