mag·​got | \ ˈma-gət How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

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

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Other Words from maggot

maggoty \ ˈma-​gə-​tē How to pronounce maggoty (audio) \ adjective

Examples of maggot in a Sentence

The rotten meat was infested with maggots. the last maggot he got in his head resulted in a disastrous extramarital affair

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Arizona officials are moving toward revoking the license of a health care facility after maggots were found in a patient last week. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Maggots found on patient at Hacienda HealthCare, same Arizona facility where incapacitated woman gave birth," 17 June 2019 For spinning tackle anglers, spawn bags had been the top bait when the rivers were stained, but now tiny jigs tipped with maggots or waxworms are becoming the go-to baits for many fishermen. D'arcy Egan,, "Fishing Report for March 23: Wet, warm weather a boost for river anglers," 23 Mar. 2018 Seed-corn maggots attack kernels planted too deeply in cool soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016 The futon, the clothes, the newspapers and horse-racing stubs were covered with maggots and flies. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "CLEANING UP AFTER THE DEAD," 24 Jan. 2018 Photo: Associated Press Weighed down by too much wool, sheep can suffer heat stress, inability to feed babies, lack of vision and maggot infestation, said Susan Myers, president of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 Several parents are upset with a Tennessee school’s response to students finding maggots in their cafeteria meals. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tennessee parents upset by school's response after students find maggots in cafeteria food," 9 Sep. 2018 New Hampshire residents were disgusted to discover the shoreline of a popular beach was covered with thousands of maggots last week. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "New Hampshire beach covered in thousands of 'nasty' maggots," 7 Sep. 2018 Hundreds of locals commented on the post, predicting where the maggots might have come from. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "New Hampshire beach covered in thousands of 'nasty' maggots," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of maggot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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English Language Learners Definition of maggot

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


mag·​got | \ ˈma-gət How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

Kids Definition of maggot

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


mag·​got | \ ˈmag-ət How to pronounce maggot (audio) \

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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