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

  • n. Any of various flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in animal tissue or feed on carrion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of flesh-fly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one of several species of flies whose larvæ or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle fly; -- called also meat fly, carrion fly, and blowfly. See Blowly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of a group of exclusively carnivorous dipterous insects, the blow-flies, such as those of the genus Sarcophaga.

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

  • n. fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals


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