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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.
Historical Examples

The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
Elementary Zoology, Second Edition Vernon L. Kellogg
The Plattner Story and Others H. G. Wells
A Drake by George! John Trevena
The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin Francis Harper

noun (pl) -flies
any of various dipterous flies of the genus Calliphora and related genera that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, carrion, and open wounds: family Calliphoridae Also called bluebottle


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