flesh fly
noun Date: 14th century a dipteran fly whose maggots feed on flesh; especially any of a family (Sarcophagidae) of flies some of which cause myiasis

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Flesh fly — Flesh Flesh (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc; akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fl[ a]sk.] 1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flesh-fly — fleshˈ fly noun A fly (esp Sarcophaga) whose larvae feed on damaged flesh • • • Main Entry: ↑flesh …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh fly — n a dipteran fly whose maggots feed on flesh esp any of the family Sarcophagidae of flies some of which cause myiasis * * * any member of the family Sarcophagidae …   Medical dictionary

  • flesh fly — flesh′ fly n. ent any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in the flesh of animals • Etymology: 1275–1325 …   From formal English to slang

  • flesh fly — n. any of a family (Sarcophagidae) of dipterous flies that deposit their maggots on flesh, carrion, dung, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Flesh-fly — Taxobox name = Flesh flies image width = 250px image caption = Sarcophaga sp. regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda subphylum = Hexapoda classis = Insecta subclassis = Pterygota infraclassis = Neoptera superordo = Endopterygota| ordo = Diptera… …   Wikipedia

  • flesh fly — noun fly whose larvae feed on carrion or the flesh of living animals • Syn: ↑Sarcophaga carnaria • Hypernyms: ↑fly • Member Holonyms: ↑Sarcophaga, ↑genus Sarcophaga * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh fly — any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals. [1275 1325; ME] * * * ▪ insect  any member of a family of insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are similar… …   Universalium

  • flesh-fly — /ˈflɛʃ flaɪ/ (say flesh fluy) noun (plural flesh flies) any fly of the dipterous family Sarcophagidae which deposits its larvae in the flesh of living animals …   Australian English dictionary

  • flesh fly — n. fly whose larvae eat the flesh of living or dead animals …   English contemporary dictionary

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