flyspeck

[ flahy-spek ]
/ ˈflaɪˌspɛk /

noun

a speck or tiny stain from the excrement of a fly.
any minute spot.
Plant Pathology. a disease of pome fruits, characterized by small, raised, dark spots on the fruit, caused by a fungus, Leptothyrium pomi.

verb (used with object)

to mark with flyspecks.

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Origin of flyspeck

First recorded in 1850–55; fly2 + speck
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Example sentences from the Web for flyspeck

  • 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
/ (ˈflaɪˌspɛk) /

noun

the small speck of the excrement of a fly
a small spot or speck

verb

(tr) to mark with flyspecks
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