a small fly, Phytophaga destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses.
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Origin of Hessian fly
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for Hessian fly
a small dipterous fly, Mayetiola destructor, whose larvae damage wheat, barley, and rye: family Cecidomyidae (gall midges)
Word Origin for Hessian fly
C18: so called because it was thought to have been introduced into America by Hessian soldiers
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