Housefly definition

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A common, widely distributed fly (Musca domestica) that frequents human dwellings, breeds in moist or decaying organic matter, and transmits a wide variety of diseases.
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A common, widely distributed fly (Musca domestica) that frequents human dwellings, breeds in moist or decaying organic matter, and transmits a wide variety of diseases.
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Any of a genus (Musca) of disease-carrying muscid flies found in and around houses, and feeding on garbage, manure, and food; esp., a common worldwide species (M. domestica)
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See also house fly.
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Any fly regularly found in human dwellings.
  • The common housefly, Musca domestica, that frequents most homes and spreads some diseases.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
housefly
Plural:
houseflies

Origin of housefly

  • From house +‎ fly. Cognate with Dutch huisvlieg (“housefly”), Danish husflue (“housefly”), Swedish husfluga (“housefly”).

    From Wiktionary