from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flesh-fly or blow-fly; a dipterous insect which lays its eggs on meat, on which the larvæ feed: applied to various species, especially Calliphora vomitoria and Sarcophaga carnaria. See cut under flesh-fly.


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  • The meat-fly comes first abroad just at the time when the Mayblossom breaks into bloom.

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  • Senate, a duel in the Pra, how the Avvocato Minghini was picked up dead in Pedrocchi's -- a meat-fly in his chocolate!

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  • The meat-fly, house-fly, and horse-fly made themselves promiscuous in every portion of the spray, and what with the rainbow-eyed and ruby-eyed flies, black and silver-banded flower-flies, and other tiny, restless, iridescent atoms of the fly fraternity, the family of _Musca_ was well represented at the feast.

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