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maggot

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noun mag·got \ˈma-gət\

Simple Definition of maggot

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

Full Definition of maggot

  1. 1 :  a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipterous insect (as the housefly)

  2. 2 :  a fantastic or eccentric idea :  whim

mag·goty play \-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

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Medical Dictionary

maggot

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noun mag·got \ˈmag-ət\

Medical Definition of maggot

  1. :  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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