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or house fly

[hous-flahy] /ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ/
noun, plural houseflies.
a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world.
Origin of housefly
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at house, fly2 Unabridged
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  • An inch-objective will show the head of an housefly, which in a bright light is a very beautiful object.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • They were insignificant in size and of a dark gray color, not unlike that of the housefly.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • They didn't care whether the housefly wiped his feet before he came into the house or not.

  • There is the housefly, the lesser cabbage white butterfly, and one or two other little things.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • Shall I ever again sit for two mortal hours hearing a housefly buzz in the window and thinking it a pleasant voice!

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
  • They recalled the British housefly, only they were much larger, and extremely pugnacious.

  • The migratory habit of housefly larv as indicating a favorable remedial measure.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • It has been discovered recently that germs of infantile paralysis are conveyed by the housefly.

    Great Hike

    Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for housefly


noun (pl) -flies
a common dipterous fly, Musca domestica, that frequents human habitations, spreads disease, and lays its eggs in carrion, decaying vegetables, etc: family Muscidae
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Word Origin and History for housefly

early 15c., from house (n.) + fly (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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