housefly

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house·fly

 (hous′flī′)
n.
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.

housefly

(ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
(Animals) a common dipterous fly, Musca domestica, that frequents human habitations, spreads disease, and lays its eggs in carrion, decaying vegetables, etc: family Muscidae

house′fly`

or house′ fly`,



n., pl. -flies.
a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housefly - common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseaseshousefly - common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
genus Musca, Musca - type genus of the Muscidae: houseflies
Translations

housefly

[ˈhaʊsflaɪ] N (houseflies (pl)) → mosca f

housefly

[ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ] n (-flies (pl)) → mosca (comune)

housefly

n (pl -flies) mosca doméstica
References in classic literature ?
And there we see a fly,--one of your common house-flies, such as are always buzzing on the window-pane,--which has smelt out Governor Pyncheon, and alights, now on his forehead, now on his chin, and now, Heaven help us
Your dear friend followed me to my retreat, and was very droll on the severance of the connection; though he was sorry, too, for the excellent people (in their way the best he had ever met), and deplored the necessity of breaking mere house-flies on the wheel.
Hewitt, House-Flies and How They Spread Disease (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912), and The House-Fly Musca Domestica Linn: Its Structure, Habits, Development, Relation to Disease and Control (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1914).