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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to mark with flyspecks.
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Origin of flyspeck

First recorded in 1850–55; fly2 + speck
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

    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
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verb
  1. (tr) to mark with flyspecks
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