housefly

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noun house·fly \ ˈhau̇s-ˌflī \

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

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First Known Use of housefly

15th century


HOUSEFLY Defined for English Language Learners

housefly

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Definition of housefly for English Language Learners

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


HOUSEFLY Defined for Kids

housefly

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noun house·fly \ ˈhau̇s-ˌflī \

Definition of housefly for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

housefly

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noun house·fly \ -ˌflī \

medical Definition of housefly

plural houseflies
: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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