common housefly


Definition of common housefly

: housefly sense 1 The common housefly, in particular, annoys because it stays close to houses and domestic animal shelters, is most active during the day and loves to shelter indoors. — Alan Hayes, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), 29 Dec. 2001 Recently a team of British scientists declared that the common housefly is the most talented aerodynamicist on the planet …National Geographic, June 2006

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First Known Use of common housefly

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Common housefly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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