flesh fly


Definition of flesh fly

: a dipteran fly whose maggots feed on flesh especially : any of a family (Sarcophagidae) of flies some of which cause myiasis

Examples of flesh fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dung beetles, flesh flies and other carnivorous insects that eat dead flesh are attracted to the odor in the plant’s native Sumatra. oregonlive.com, "Rare corpse flower now blooming, and stinking, for the next 24-to-48 hours in Vancouver," 15 July 2019 For just two days, the flower will emit the rotting corpse scent that, in the rainforest, attracts native carrion-consuming beetles and flesh flies that pollinate the tiny florets at its center to produce seed berries. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Stinky 'corpse flower' set to bloom at botanic garden," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of flesh fly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Flesh fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh%20fly. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of flesh fly

: a dipteran fly whose maggots feed on flesh especially : any of the family Sarcophagidae of flies some of which cause myiasis

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