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screwworm

[skroo-wurm] /ˈskruˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
the larva of any of certain flies of the genus Callitroga, which sometimes infests wounds and the nose and navel of domestic animals and humans.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; screw + worm
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  • screwworm flies' flesh-eating maggots parasitize livestock, wildlife and humans.
  • Est-based gene indices for the cattle fever tick, the horn fly, and the screwworm fly.
British Dictionary definitions for screwworm

screwworm

/ˈskruːˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
the larva of a dipterous fly, Callitroga macellaria, that develops beneath the skin of living mammals often causing illness or death
2.
the fly producing this larva: family Calliphoridae
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