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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Botfly  \Bot"fly`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  dipterous  insect  of  the  family  ({Estrid[ae]},  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  larv[ae]  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  botfly 
  n  :  stout-bodied  hairy  dipterous  fly  whose  larvae  are  parasites 
  on  humans  and  other  mammals 




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