meaning of blow-fly

blow-fly meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1720, from fly (n.) + blow (v.1) in an obsolete feeling "to deposit eggs, to infect with eggs," in reference to to insects, "apparently linked to old notions of all-natural record" [OED].

Sentence Examples with the word blow-fly

Many bird parasites belonging to the Rippoboscidae have naturally been carried about the world by their hosts, while other species, such as the house-fly, blow-fly and drone-fly, have in like manner been disseminated by human agency.

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