maggot

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noun mag·got \ ˈma-gət \

Definition of maggot

1 :a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipterous insect (such as the housefly)
2 :a fantastic or eccentric idea :whim

maggoty

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Examples of maggot in a Sentence

  1. The rotten meat was infested with maggots.

  2. the last maggot he got in his head resulted in a disastrous extramarital affair

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Origin and Etymology of maggot

Middle English magot, probably alteration of mathek, maddok; akin to Middle Low German mēdeke maggot, Old Norse mathkr, Old English matha

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MAGGOT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of maggot for English Language Learners

  • : an insect that looks like a small worm and that is a young form of a fly


MAGGOT Defined for Kids

maggot

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noun mag·got \ ˈma-gət \

Definition of maggot for Students

:a legless grub that is the larva of a fly (as a housefly)

Medical Dictionary

maggot

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noun mag·got \ ˈmag-ət \

medical Definition of maggot

:a soft-bodied legless grub that is the larva of a dipteran fly (as the housefly) and develops usually in decaying organic matter or as a parasite in plants or animals


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