Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several flies of the family Calliphoridae that deposit their eggs in carcasses or carrion or in open sores and wounds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various flies of the family Calliphoridae that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, or in open wounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of fly of the genus Musca that deposits its eggs or young larvæ (called flyblows and maggots) upon meat or other animal products.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of Musca (Calliphora) vomitoria, Sarcophaga carnaria, and other species of dipterous insects, which deposit their eggs (flyblow) on flesh, and thus taint it. Also called flesh-fly. See cut under flesh-fly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds
  • n. large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds

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Examples

  • The bovine scatology from the dems on lowering deficit, saving medicare, and lowering health care costs would make a blowfly wince.

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  • And lest I forget, the worst of all pests: the Australian blowfly, an invasive introduced species.

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  • If the scientist from the sci-fi gem The Fly had fused himself with an Aussie blowfly, he would have been unstoppable.

    Late, Late at Night

  • A blowfly crawled across one of his flared sideburns.

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  • The Senator paused to snap a blowfly out of the air with his long, sticky tongue, then, chewing, continued.

    Michael Gene Sullivan: Democratic Leadership Council Concerned as Democrats Seem Headed Toward Victory

  • He still regards it as preposterous that 90 percent of people studying to be law-enforcement agents have never seen a corpse, or that, until the Body Farm, entomologists knew far too little about the remarkable parade of insects after death: from blowfly to maggot to, carpet beetle.

    Down On The Body Farm

  • At 5 p.m. the police took a detailed series of photographs, which showed the bodies covered with centimeter - long blowfly larvae.

    The Monster of Florence

  • I fell asleep to the buzz of mosquitoes and a persistent blowfly.

    A House in Fez

  • Well, actually, you see, it is, as I slice the pocket open to reveal the huge blowfly maggot that is often found in such pockets in deer throats.

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  • Symondson gave starved individuals of P. melanarius either a dead slug of one of 3 species or blowfly maggots and monitored the beetles' mortality afterwards.

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