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Flesh \Flesh\ (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc; akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fl["a]sk.]

  1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles.

    Note: In composition it is mainly proteinaceous, but contains in adition a large number of low-molecular-weight subtances, such as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin, carnin, etc. It is also rich in potassium phosphate.

  2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish.

    With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread.

  3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person.

    As if this flesh, which walls about our life, Were brass impregnable.

  4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.

    All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    --Gen. vi. 12.

  5. Human nature:

    1. In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.

      There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.

    2. In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.

    3. (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences.

  6. Kindred; stock; race.

    He is our brother and our flesh.
    --Gen. xxxvii. 2

  7. 7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.

    Note: Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound.

    After the flesh, after the manner of man; in a gross or earthly manner. ``Ye judge after the flesh.''
    --John viii. 15.

    An arm of flesh, human strength or aid.

    Flesh and blood. See under Blood.

    Flesh broth, broth made by boiling flesh in water.

    Flesh fly (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of flies whose larv[ae] or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle fly; -- called also meat fly, carrion fly, and blowfly. See Blowly.

    Flesh meat, animal food.

    Flesh side, the side of a skin or hide which was next to the flesh; -- opposed to grain side.

    Flesh tint (Painting), a color used in painting to imitate the hue of the living body.

    Flesh worm (Zo["o]l.), any insect larva of a flesh fly. See Flesh fly (above).

    Proud flesh. See under Proud.

    To be one flesh, to be closely united as in marriage; to become as one person.
    --Gen. ii. 24.


alt. Any of various fly of the family ''Calliphoridae'' that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, or in open wounds. n. Any of various fly of the family ''Calliphoridae'' that lay their eggs in rotting meat, dung, or in open wounds.


n. large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds [syn: blow fly]


Blow fly may refer to:

  • Calliphoridae, a family of flies
  • Blowfly (musician) (1939-2016), also known by his real name Clarence Reid
  • Blow Fly (novel), a 2003 Patricia Cornwell novel
Blowfly (musician)

Clarence Henry Reid (February 14, 1939 – January 17, 2016) was an American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly.

Usage examples of "blowfly".

The dying Caledon was utterly engrossed in writing a will, absentmindedly batting blowflies away from his face and apparently unperturbed by the mass of maggots that squirmed in the cyanosed flesh of what had once been his legs.

Left unconscious and with a fractured ankle, he was beset by the primary screwworm blowflies.

Partly because there was a gang of ragged, slovenly sec men hanging around its front, like blowflies hovering over a haunch of rotting horse meat.

Teal purchased from him a box of deadly blowflies and maggots, along with a hive full of wasps, and followed Justice Healey from the courthouse to Wide Oaks, where he watched the judge say good-bye to his family.

Smoky fires of dried grass and dung were more for keeping away blowflies that laid eggs in fresh meat, making it rot.

Most blowflies, bluebottle flies and flesh flies buzz around the world looking for garbage - although some go in for rather more exotic fare, like parasitizing snails or earthworms!

The most recent was still covered in blowflies, the stench enough to make Doc gag.

The presence of some kind of material, perhaps cheesecloth found on the blowflies wings suggests that the victim was covered for a period of time.

She used a phrase that means something like thick as blowflies on horse shit.

Winged locomotives, their bellies fattened with the eggs of white-hot death, floated like maddened blowflies above a corpse-white city.

The only clue to its presence was the cloud of blowflies that rose humming into the air from their luxurious feeding.

These were common blowflies, common macellaria maggots such as you are familiar with, Dr.