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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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