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flyblown

[flahy-blohn] /ˈflaɪˌbloʊn/
adjective
1.
covered with flyblows:
flyblown meat.
2.
tainted or contaminated; spoiled.
Origin of flyblown
1565-1575
1565-75; fly2 + blown1

flyblow

[flahy-bloh] /ˈflaɪˌbloʊ/
verb (used with object), flyblew, flyblown, flyblowing.
1.
to deposit eggs or larvae on (meat or other food).
noun
2.
one of the eggs or young larvae of a blowfly, deposited on meat or other food.
Origin
1550-60; fly2 + blow2
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  • Do not eat food that is spoiled, smells or tastes badly or is flyblown or maggoty or full of bugs.

  • Valle Crusis has a blacksmith shop and a dirty, flyblown store.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • There was a good deal of muslin about, tied back with flyblown bows.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for flyblown

flyblown

/ˈflaɪˌbləʊn/
adjective
1.
covered with flyblows
2.
contaminated; tainted

flyblow

/ˈflaɪˌbləʊ/
verb -blows, -blowing, -blew, -blown
1.
(transitive) to contaminate, esp with the eggs or larvae of the blowfly; taint
noun
2.
(usually pl) the egg or young larva of a blowfly, deposited on meat, paper, etc
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