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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