One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(More fully "ox-warble fly") either of two flies of the family Oestridae, Hypoderma bovis and H. lineatum, whose larvae live under the skin of cattle.
2A swelling on the back of an ox caused by the larva of the ox-warble fly; the larva itself.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Jane Loudon (1807–1858), writer on botany and magazine editor.
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