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botfly Syllabification: bot·fly
Pronunciation: /ˈbätflī/

Definition of botfly in English:

noun (plural botflies)

A stout hairy-bodied fly with larvae that are internal parasites of mammals, in particular.
  • A fly with larvae (bots) that develop within the guts of horses (Gasterophilus and other genera, family Gasterophilidae).A fly of the warble fly family (Oestridae).
Example sentences
  • Other than biting and acting as vectors of disease, flies may affect humans by causing myiasis, infestation of the skin or a body orifice with fly larvae of Diptera species, which include the human botfly.
  • The plain's long sightlines give the caribou a jump on approaching predators, and the winds off the Beaufort Sea bring temporary relief from millions of swarming mosquitoes and botflies.
  • The botfly is found in the forests of Mexico, Central America, and South America.
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