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flesh fly

noun
1.
any fly of the family Sarcophagidae, comprising species that deposit their eggs or larvae in carrion or in the flesh of living animals.
Origin of flesh fly
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English
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  • From what height will the flesh fly dare to let her children drop?

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • From time to time, the bluebottle and the flesh fly perch on the trellis-work, make a short investigation and then decamp.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The fact remains that, despite the attraction of the scent, the flesh fly does not expose her worms to disproportionate falls.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Then the bluebottle, the flesh fly and other flies whose grubs batten on dead bodies are kept at a proper distance.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • How is the parasite's inroad into the flesh fly's pupae effected?

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Towards the end of August, the parasite of the flesh fly's grubs makes her appearance out of doors in the adult form.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • This brings us back, after a long way round, to our starting point, the maggot of the flesh fly.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Yes, of a certainty, the offspring of the flesh fly and the bluebottle are expeditious workers.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • As her evidence was doubtful, I had recourse to the flesh fly (Sarcophaga carnaria).

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • It is chemotropism, not solicitude for its offspring, which drives the flesh fly to lay its eggs on decaying meat.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
British Dictionary definitions for flesh fly

flesh fly

noun
1.
any dipterous fly of the genus Sarcophaga, esp S. carnaria, whose larvae feed on carrion or the tissues of living animals: family Calliphoridae
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flesh fly in Medicine

flesh fly n.
Any of various dipterous flies of the family Sarcophagidae whose larvae are parasitic in living animal tissue or feed on carrion.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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