flypaper

[ flahy-pey-per ]
/ ˈflaɪˌpeɪ pər /
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noun

paper designed to destroy flies by catching them on its sticky surface or poisoning them on contact.

Nearby words

  1. flyleaf,
  2. flyman,
  3. flynn,
  4. flyoff,
  5. flyover,
  6. flypast,
  7. flyposting,
  8. flysch,
  9. flyscreen,
  10. flyspeck

Origin of flypaper

First recorded in 1840–50; fly2 + paper

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British Dictionary definitions for flypaper

flypaper

/ (ˈflaɪˌpeɪpə) /

noun

paper with a sticky and poisonous coating, usually hung from the ceiling to trap flies
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Word Origin and History for flypaper

flypaper

n.

1851 (though the item itself is said to have become commonly available in London in 1848), from fly (n.1) + paper (n.).

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