blow·​fly | \ ˈblō-ˌflī How to pronounce blowfly (audio) \

Definition of blowfly

: any of a family (Calliphoridae) of dipteran flies (such as the bluebottle or screwworm) that deposit their eggs especially on meat or in wounds

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Recent Examples on the Web There may be a reason for that—some research has suggested the behavior keeps wounds clean and free of blowflies, a decidedly less friendly hitchhiker. National Geographic, "Birds Sleep in Giraffe Armpits, New Photos Reveal," 27 Feb. 2018 So the investigator had every worker lay down his tool in a field, and observed that just one sickle attracted blowflies, which were known to seek out blood. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Everything Worth Knowing About ... Catching a Criminal," 26 June 2017 In spring and summer, the peak seasons for insects like blowflies that are attracted to carrion, the pigs decomposed more rapidly than the human subjects. Erica Goode, New York Times, "What Dead Pigs Can’t Teach Us About ‘C.S.I.’," 13 June 2016

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First Known Use of blowfly

1744, in the meaning defined above

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“Blowfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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blow·​fly | \ -ˌflī How to pronounce blowfly (audio) \
plural blowflies

Medical Definition of blowfly

: any dipteran fly (as a bluebottle or a screwworm) of the family Calliphoridae

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