housefly

or house fly

[ hous-flahy ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ /

noun, plural house·flies.

a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world.

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Origin of housefly

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at house, fly1
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British Dictionary definitions for housefly

housefly
/ (ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ) /

noun plural -flies

a common dipterous fly, Musca domestica, that frequents human habitations, spreads disease, and lays its eggs in carrion, decaying vegetables, etc: family Muscidae
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