face fly


Definition of face fly

: a European dipteran fly (Musca autumnalis) that is similar to the housefly, is widely established in North America, and causes distress to livestock by clustering about the face

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Recent Examples on the Web The worms move from eye to eye via face flies, aka Musca autumnalis, which feast on tears. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Cattle eyeball worms found in second human, raising worry of wriggly uprising," 6 Nov. 2019 The parasites often spread among cows - their preferred hosts - through certain types of face flies that eat eye secretions, such as tears, the Oct. 22 paper said. Allyson Chiu, chicagotribune.com, "She jogged through a swarm of flies. A month later she was pulling parasitic worms from her eye.," 7 Nov. 2019 That larvae then need to hop back on board a face fly to complete its complicated life cycle. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Woman Infected by Parasitic Cattle Eye Worm," 14 Feb. 2018 The worm may have found its way to Beckley via a face fly. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "Aetna director admits to never examining patient medical records when approving, denying coverage: report," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of face fly

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Face fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20fly. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of face fly

: a European fly of the genus Musca (M. autumnalis) that is similar to the housefly, is widely established in North America, and causes distress in livestock by clustering about the face

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