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[muhs-kuh] /ˈmʌs kə/
noun, genitive Muscae
[muhs-ee] /ˈmʌs i/ (Show IPA).
the Fly, a small southern constellation between Crux and Chamaeleon.
Origin of Musca
< New Latin, Latin: a fly Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Musca
Historical Examples
  • 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


noun (Latin genitive) Muscae (ˈmʌskiː)
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)
A genus of flies of the family Muscidae that includes M. domestica, the common housefly, a species involved in the transfer of numerous pathogens.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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