maggot

noun
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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Another patient was found with maggots near a surgical wound. Maritza Dominguez, azcentral, "Gaggle podcast: What the Hacienda HealthCare scandal tells us about AZ care facilities," 14 Aug. 2019 The patient was taken to a hospital after the fly larvae were spotted, Hacienda told KPNX-TV, which first reported the maggots. Fox News, "Maggots found under bandage at site of Phoenix patient rape," 15 June 2019 Several days later, a brood of maggots — each no bigger than a speck of pepper — hatches. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 The embattled facility has had two-high profile cases of patient safety problems — a 29-year-old incapacitated female who was raped and gave birth and, more recently, an infestation of maggots that was discovered on a 28-year-old male patient. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Hacienda HealthCare to lose Medicaid contract after report of maggots found on patient," 20 June 2019 On State Street throngs crowd and push, Wriggle and writhe like maggots. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Last century’s immigration debate makes today’s seem enlightened," 30 June 2019 On State Street throngs crowd and push, Wriggle and writhe like maggots. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "George Will: Last century’s immigration debate makes today’s seem enlightened," 30 June 2019 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, cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for March 23: Wet, warm weather a boost for river anglers," 23 Mar. 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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maggot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maggot

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

maggot

noun
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)

maggot

noun
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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