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Musca

[muhs-kuh] /ˈmʌs kə/
noun, genitive Muscae
[muhs-ee] /ˈmʌs i/ (Show IPA).
Astronomy.
1.
the Fly, a small southern constellation between Crux and Chamaeleon.
Origin of Musca
< New Latin, Latin: a fly
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  • At the banquet of Julia's beauty, no guest, be sure, is considered a Musca.'

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • In some genera (Musca) there is but one, which resembles a sharp lancet.

  • But I must make an exception in favour of the Musca Domestica, the common house-fly.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • The experiments with Musca domestica were the most detailed.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • Its very name, too (Musca domestica), seemed a mockery, dwelling as it did in that vast solitude.

  • The flesh fly, Musca Cæsar, or the Blue-bottle fly, feeds upon decaying animal matter.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The science and history of the animal kingdom, including its king, the House Fly (Musca maledicta).

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • It also breeds in great numbers in horse-manure, in company with Musca domestica.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • The Ox Fly (Musca bovina), a near relation of the house fly, is also very common.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The Anthomyides resemble the genus Musca very closely in their habits as well as in their organisation.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for Musca

Musca

/ˈmʌskə/
noun (Latin genitive) Muscae (ˈmʌskiː)
1.
a small constellation in the S hemisphere lying between the Southern Cross and Chamaeleon
Word Origin
Latin: a fly
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Musca in Medicine

Musca Mus·ca (mŭs'kə)
n.
A genus of flies of the family Muscidae that includes M. domestica, the common housefly, a species involved in the transfer of numerous pathogens.

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