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screwworm

[ skroo-wurm ]
/ ˈskruˌwɜrm /
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noun
the larva of any of certain flies of the genus Callitroga, which sometimes infests wounds and the nose and navel of domestic animals and humans.
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Origin of screwworm

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; screw + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for screwworm

screwworm
/ (ˈskruːˌwɜːm) /

noun
the larva of a dipterous fly, Callitroga macellaria, that develops beneath the skin of living mammals often causing illness or death
the fly producing this larva: family Calliphoridae
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