blow fly

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blow′ fly`

or blow′fly`,


n.
any of numerous insects of the family Calliphoridae that deposit their eggs or larvae on carrion or excrement or in wounds of living animals.
[1815–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blow fly - large usually hairy metallic blue or green flyblow fly - large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
Calliphora, genus Calliphora - type genus of the Calliphoridae: blowflies
Calliphora vicina, bluebottle - blowfly with iridescent blue body; makes a loud buzzing noise in flight
greenbottle, greenbottle fly - blowfly with brilliant coppery green body
References in classic literature ?
Worms of the riper grave unhid By any kindly coffin lid, Obscene and shameless to the light, Seethe in insatiate appetite, Through putrid offal; while above The hissing blow-fly seeks his love, Whose offspring, supping where they supt, Consume corruption twice corrupt.
birds with blow-fly infections may starve due to parental neglect in response to fledgling condition).
We collected stomachs from 18juvenile ovenbirds that died in the first 4 d after fledging (8-12 d after hatching) with mortalities attributable to predation (n = 9), blow-fly infection (n = 8), and predation of a blow fly-infected bird (n = 1).