common housefly

noun

: 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

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common housefly was in 1661

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“Common housefly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20housefly. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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