Hessian fly


Definition of Hessian fly

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

First Known Use of Hessian fly

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Hessian fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hessian%20fly. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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