Hessian fly

noun

: a small European dipteran fly (Mayetiola destructor) introduced into North America that is destructive to wheat

Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Hessian fly was in 1786

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“Hessian fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hessian%20fly. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

Hessian fly

noun
: a small two-winged fly destructive to wheat in North America
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