plural noun

: a large family of two-winged flies closely related to the houseflies but usually distinguished by a bristly abdomen and bristleless pleura and including a number of species of economic importance because of their plant-eating larvae (as the onion maggot, wheat bulb fly, and cabbage maggot)

Word History


New Latin, from Anthomyia, type genus (from anth- entry 1 + -myia) + -idae

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“Anthomyiidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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