blow-fly


blow-fly
blow-fly 1720, from FLY (Cf. fly) (n.) + BLOW (Cf. blow) (v.1) in an obsolete sense "to deposit eggs, to infect with eggs," in reference to to insects, "apparently connected with old notions of natural history" [OED].

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  • blow fly — blow′ fly or blow′fly n. ent any of numerous insects of the family Calliphoridae that deposit their eggs or larvae on carrion or excrement or in wounds of living animals • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • blow-fly — n a fly that lays its eggs on meat or wounds …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blow|fly — «BLOH FLY», noun, plural flies. any one of various two winged flies that deposit their eggs on meat or in wounds or fruit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Blow-fly — Taxobox name = Calliphoridae image caption = Pollenia rudis female regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Endopterygota| ordo = Diptera subordo =… …   Wikipedia

  • Blow Fly — Baton Rouge (roman) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Bâton Rouge (homonymie). Baton Rouge est un roman policier américain de Patricia Cornwell publié en 2003. Le titre original est Blow Fly. C est le douzième roman de la série qui met en scène… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • blow fly — any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Calliphoridae that deposit their eggs or larvae on carrion, excrement, etc., or in wounds of living animals. Also, blowfly. [1815 25] * * * ▪ insect also spelled  blowfly,    any member in a family… …   Universalium

  • blow fly — noun large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds • Syn: ↑blowfly • Hypernyms: ↑fly • Hyponyms: ↑bluebottle, ↑Calliphora vicina, ↑greenbottle, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow-fly — noun (C) a fly that lays its eggs on meat or wounds …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blow fly — 1. any member of the genus Calliphora. 2. any member of the family Calliphoridae that lays its eggs on injured or decayed animal flesh and causes cutaneous myiasis; this includes most species of Calliphora and Phaenicia and some of Cochliomyia… …   Medical dictionary

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