from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various stout, two-winged flies, chiefly of the genera Gasterophilus and Oestrus, having larvae that are parasitic on various animals, especially horses and sheep, and sometimes on humans.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of several dipterous insects of the family Oestridae, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals on which they deposit their eggs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dipterous insect of the family (Estridæ, of many different species, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs. A common species is one of the botflies of the horse (Gastrophilus equi), the larvæ of which (bots) are taken into the stomach of the animal, where they live several months and pass through their larval states. In tropical America one species sometimes lives under the human skin, and another in the stomach. See gadfly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to dipterous insects of the family Œstridæ, the larvæ of which infest different parts of living animals. See bot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stout-bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals
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