• WordNet 3.6
    • n Sarcophaga flesh flies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sarcophaga (Zoöl) A genus of Diptera, including the flesh flies.
    • n. pl Sarcophaga (Zoöl) A suborder of carnivorous and insectivorous marsupials including the dasyures and the opossums.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sarcophaga A genus of dipterous insects, typical of the family Sarcophagidæ; the flesh-flies. They are large or small, moderately bristly species, recognizable from the lengthened three-striped scutellum and from cubical claret-colored spots on the abdomen. These flies are viviparous, and deposit living larvæ upon decaying animal substances. Some have been considered parasitic upon other insects, but probably they never oviposit upon living larvæ or pupæ. They have been known to breed in ulcerous sores upon man and other mammals. The species are numerous, over 50 inhabiting the United States. S. carnaria is the European flesh-fly, by some authors considered identical with the North American S. similis, in which case the former is said to be cosmopolitan. See cut under flesh-fly.
    • sarcophaga In Owen's classification (1839), a division of marsupials, having teeth of three kinds and no cæcum, as the dasyures, and including a section of the carnivorous marsupials.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sarcophaga sär-kof′a-ga a genus of dipterous insects, the flesh-flies: a former division of marsupials
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fem. sing. See Sarcophagus


In literature:

D'Aguanno gives an account of two instances of living larvae of the musca sarcophaga in the ears of children.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
As her evidence was doubtful, I had recourse to the flesh fly (Sarcophaga carnaria).
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
As her evidence was doubtful, I had recourse to the Flesh-fly (Sarcophaga carnaria).
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Such is the habit of the great flesh-fly (Sarcophaga), of some allied genera (Tachina, etc.
"The Life-Story of Insects" by Geo. H. Carpenter