botfly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n botfly stout-bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Botfly (Zoöl) A dipterous insect of the family (Estridæ, of many different species, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs. A common species is one of the botflies of the horse (Gastrophilus equi), the larvæ of which (bots) are taken into the stomach of the animal, where they live several months and pass through their larval states. In tropical America one species sometimes lives under the human skin, and another in the stomach. See Gadfly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n botfly A name given to dipterous insects of the family Œstridæ, the larvæ of which infest different parts of living animals. See bot. The horse-bot, Gasterophilus equi (Fabricius), is taken into the stomach of the horse; the ox-bot lives just under the cuticle of the ox; and the sheep-bot, Œstrus ovis (Linnæus), in the frontal sinuses of the sheep. Other animals are affected by particular species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Botfly a family of dipterous insects, resembling the blue-bottle fly, which deposit their eggs on cattle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. unknown; hardly conn. with Bite.

Usage

In literature:

Mammals trapped in the grid were inspected for molt, sexual maturity, larvae of botflies, anomalies, and other pertinent data.
"Comparative Ecology of Pinyon Mice and Deer Mice in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Charles L. Douglas
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