botfly

noun
bot·​fly | \ ˈbät-ˌflī How to pronounce botfly (audio) \

Definition of botfly

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

Examples of botfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the third day, when Robey opened the cooler, there was still ice inside—but also a writhing pile of botfly maggots all over the meat. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "How to Keep Game Meat from Spoiling in Hot Weather," 28 Sep. 2020 But there’s no vaccine for malaria, chikungunya, or the human botfly. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 This video is about the botfly's horrific larvae, which grow and feed in human flesh. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inconvenient Minifauna and the Invasion of the Hammerhead Flatworms," 25 May 2018 Behold the botfly, whose larva burrows into your skin, feeds on your flesh, and erupts out in alien fashion. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Absurd Creatures: The Botfly Wants a Hug. Just Kidding, It Wants to Mess You Up," 11 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of botfly

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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“Botfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botfly. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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botfly

noun
bot·​fly | \ ˈbät-ˌflī How to pronounce botfly (audio) \
plural botflies

Medical Definition of botfly

: any of various stout dipteran flies of the family Oestridae that have larvae parasitic in cavities or tissues of various mammals including humans

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