Hessian fly


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

Examples of Hessian fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, Roger Koller, a third-generation farmer, lost a third of his spring wheat to the Hessian fly. Helen Sullivan, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2021

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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 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Hessian fly

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

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