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
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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.
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
INSECT-O-CUTOR, the leading British Manufacturer of Flykillers, have developed a new green "Synergetic" Attraction Lamp and Independent tests on electricity killers carried out by a Cambridge University entomologist have also proven that Synergetic ultra-violet Ultra Violet green light insect attractant lamps are a more powerful lure than conventional Ultra Violet University of Cambridge Department of Medical Entomology, and David Hutcheson of Insect-o-cutor (Peter Cox Group), summarizes the tests which were carried out during March and April 1994 in controlled conditions at the Insect-o-cutor Entomological Laboratory, Stockport, using Cambridge-bred house-flies (Musca domestica).