noun Date: 1819 any of various stout dipteran flies (family Oestridae) with larvae parasitic in cavities or tissues of various mammals including humans

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  • botfly — [bät′flī΄] n. pl. botflies [see BOT1] any of a number of dipterous flies (families Cuterebridae, Gasterophilidae, and Oestridae) resembling small bumblebees: the larvae are parasitic in people, horses, sheep, and other mammals …   English World dictionary

  • botfly — noun stout bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals • Hypernyms: ↑gadfly • Hyponyms: ↑horse botfly, ↑Gasterophilus intestinalis, ↑human botfly, ↑Dermatobia hominis, ↑sheep botfly, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • botfly — /bot fluy /, n., pl. botflies. any of several flies of the families Oestridae, Gasterophilidae, and Cuterebridae, the larvae of which are parasitic in the skin or other parts of various mammals. Also, bot fly. [1810 20; BOT + FLY2] * * * Any… …   Universalium

  • botfly — noun One of several dipterous insects of the family Oestridae, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals on which they deposit their eggs …   Wiktionary

  • botfly — Robust, hairy fly of the order Diptera, often strikingly marked in black and yellow or gray, whose larvae produce a variety of myiasis conditions in humans and various domestic animals, especially herbivores. head botflies flesh flies of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • botfly — n. horsefly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • botfly — [ bɒtflʌɪ] noun (plural botflies) a stout hairy bodied fly whose larvae are internal parasites of horses and other mammals. [Gasterophilus and other genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • botfly — bot·fly …   English syllables

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