housefly

noun
house·​fly | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌflī How to pronounce housefly (audio) \

Definition of housefly

: a cosmopolitan dipteran fly (Musca domestica) that is often about human habitations and may act as a mechanical vector of diseases (such as typhoid fever) also : any of various flies of similar appearance or habitat

Examples of housefly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keck noted a housefly can go from egg to adult in about a week. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 9 Dec. 2020 Just as Pence was discussing racial injustice and the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a housefly landed on his head. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 7 Oct. 2020 On May 13, 1984, as the Globe Star negotiated the Atlantic, the crew received a visit from a housefly. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Aug. 2020 Somehow, someway, my wife and I have worked from home part-time while corralling a 3-year-old who has the patience of a housefly. Pete Croatto, Good Housekeeping, 4 June 2020 On Adam’s computer screen, the ship now looked like a robotic housefly, its proboscis probing toward an enormous, crumbly piece of gray bread. Chris Wright, Wired, 8 June 2020 About two to three times the size of a common housefly, these parasites especially love livestock. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 11 Dec. 2019 Flies and Gnats An infestation of houseflies, gnats, fruit flies, midges and other flying insects is best remedied by a multi-level approach. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2020 Barrett tossed up a high floater, and Howard rose higher still and swatted the ball as if slapping a housefly. Michael Powell, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of housefly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Housefly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housefly. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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housefly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of housefly

: a common fly that lives in or near people's houses

housefly

noun
house·​fly | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌflī How to pronounce housefly (audio) \
plural houseflies

Kids Definition of housefly

: a fly that is common in houses and may carry disease germs

housefly

noun
house·​fly | \ -ˌflī How to pronounce housefly (audio) \
plural houseflies

Medical Definition of housefly

: a cosmopolitan dipteran fly of the genus Musca (M. domestica) that is often found about human habitations and may act as a mechanical vector of diseases (as typhoid fever) also : any of various flies of similar appearance or habitat

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