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flyspeck

[flahy-spek]
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noun
  1. a speck or tiny stain from the excrement of a fly.
  2. any minute spot.
  3. Plant Pathology. a disease of pome fruits, characterized by small, raised, dark spots on the fruit, caused by a fungus, Leptothyrium pomi.
verb (used with object)
  1. to mark with flyspecks.

Origin of flyspeck

First recorded in 1850–55; fly2 + speck
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Examples from the Web for flyspeck

Historical Examples

  • But to me his ambitions seemed futile, and the whole of Long Island less important than a flyspeck on the map of the world.

    The Lightning Conductor Discovers America</p>

    C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for flyspeck

flyspeck

noun
  1. the small speck of the excrement of a fly
  2. a small spot or speck
verb
  1. (tr) to mark with flyspecks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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