Flyblow

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flyblow (Zoöl) One of the eggs or young larvæ deposited by a flesh fly, or blowfly.
    • v. t Flyblow To deposit eggs upon, as a flesh fly does on meat; to cause to be maggoty; hence, to taint or contaminate, as if with flyblows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flyblow To make flyblown; taint with or as if with flyblows: chiefly in figurative uses.
    • flyblow To deposit eggs on meat or the like, as a fly.
    • n flyblow The egg of a fly, the presence of which in numbers on meat, etc., makes it tainted and maggoty.
    • flyblow Of the nature of flyblow; flyblown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flyblow the egg of a fly
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fléogan, pa.t. fleáh; Ger. fliegen.

Usage

In literature:

LARVAE (GRUBS) ON THE SKIN, OR FLYBLOW.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The Skipper proposed 'The Fool with the Fowling-piece, or Fishing and Flyblows.
"Three in Norway" by James Arthur Lees
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In poetry:

See how it in springtime
Coins its pale green leaves!
Their orange-fragrance
Poisons each flyblow straight.
"To My Friend - Ode I" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe