AskDefine | Define greenbottle

Dictionary Definition

greenbottle n : blowfly with brilliant coppery green body [syn: greenbottle fly]

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greenbottle (plural greenbottles)
  1. Any of various blowflies of the genus Lucilia that are a brilliant metallic green in colour.

Extensive Definition

The name green bottle fly (or greenbottle fly) is applied to numerous species of blowfly, in the genera Lucilia and Phaenicia (the latter is sometimes considered a subgenus of the former). These flies are found in most areas of the world, and the most well-known species is the common greenbottle, Phaenicia sericata (or Lucilia sericata, depending on authority), though there are other common species such as Lucilia caesar, Lucilia cuprina, and Lucilia illustris. The maggots of this fly are known to consume dead tissue while leaving live tissue intact, and so have been sold for use in maggot therapy, primarily during the years before the widespread use of antibiotics.
greenbottle in German: Goldfliege
greenbottle in French: mouche verte
greenbottle in Dutch: Groene vleesvlieg
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