noun \ˈma-gət\

: an insect that looks like a small worm and that is a young form of a fly

Full Definition of MAGGOT

:  a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipterous insect (as the housefly)
:  a fantastic or eccentric idea :  whim
mag·goty \-gə-tē\ adjective

Examples of MAGGOT

  1. The rotten meat was infested with maggots.
  2. <the last maggot he got in his head resulted in a disastrous extramarital affair>

Origin of MAGGOT

Middle English magot, probably alteration of mathek, maddok; akin to Middle Low German mēdeke maggot, Old Norse mathkr, Old English matha
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

Rhymes with MAGGOT


noun \ˈmag-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MAGGOT

: a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipteran fly (as the housefly) and develops usually in decaying organic matter or as a parasite in plants or animals


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