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
Recent Examples of housefly from the Web
If aircraft, for example, followed Moore’s Law, a loaded Boeing 777 could reach Japan from New York by burning a housefly’s weight in fuel.
In the past, the hospital’s ENT department has removed a leach, houseflies, and maggots from patients’ nasal cavities.
One poster from the campaign shows a forlorn pacifier, abandoned and being soiled by a housefly.
CARNIVOROUS PLANTS: Gardening With Extraordinary Botanicals (Timber Press, $29.95), by Nigel Hewitt-Cooper, might keep you up at night, contemplating its vastly gorgeous weirdness — or at least suggesting a way to cope with your housefly problem.
In Green Porno, Sundance Channel’s new series of cellphone-friendly short films, Rossellini singlehandedly re-enacts mating rituals of the dragonfly, spider, bee, praying mantis, worm, snail and housefly by getting it on with cardboard cut-outs.
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First Known Use of housefly
HOUSEFLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of housefly for English Language Learners
: a common fly that lives in or near people's houses
HOUSEFLY Defined for Kids
Definition of housefly for Students
: a fly that is common in houses and may carry disease germs
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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