Simple Definition of maggot
: an insect that looks like a small worm and that is a young form of a fly
Examples of maggot in a sentence
The rotten meat was infested with maggots.
<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
MAGGOT Defined for Kids
Definition of maggot for Students
: a legless grub that is the larva of a fly (as a housefly)
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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