Definition of botfly in English:


Line breaks: bot¦fly
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒtflʌɪ

noun (plural botflies)

  • A stout hairy-bodied fly whose larvae are internal parasites of mammals, in particular:
    • a fly whose larvae (bots) develop within the guts of horses (Gasterophilus and other genera, family Gasterophilidae).a fly of the warble fly family (Oestridae).
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    • 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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