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adjective fly·blown \ˈflī-ˌblōn\

Simple Definition of flyblown

  • : in poor and dirty condition : made dirty by flies : not suitable for eating

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of flyblown

  1. 1 a :  not pure :  tainted <a world flyblown with the vices of irresponsible power — V. L. Parrington> b :  not bright and new :  seedy, moth-eaten c :  trite, hackneyed <a long list of flyblown metaphors — Horizon>

  2. 2 a :  infested with eggs or young larvae of a flesh fly or blowfly b :  covered with flyspecks

Did You Know?

One meaning of blow (used mostly, it seems, by 17th century entomologists) is "to deposit eggs or larvae on"-hence the blowfly, which lays its eggs on meat or wounds. Flyblown has its origins in the very unpleasant image of a blowfly's victim, and it's from this literal meaning that the more common senses come. Phrases such as flyblown shack and flyblown restaurant still suggest the actual presence of flies, if not necessarily their embryonic precursors.

Circa 1529

First Known Use of flyblown

circa 1529

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Medical Dictionary


adjective fly·blown \-ˌblōn\

Medical Definition of flyblown

  1. 1:  infested with flyblows

  2. 2:  covered with flyspecks

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