Origin of maggot
Examples from the Web for maggot
Maggot was knocked down at the first gush, but leaped up and turned to fly.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|R.M. Ballantyne
Haven't you often wondered what sort of a maggot it is that gets into the human brain to give it the superstitious twist?The Quickening|Francis Lynde
The maggot of a fly described by De Geer (Volucella plumata,) has six pair of them, each of which has three long claws.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)|William Kirby
Worne, "the wild worm is come into his head" (N98,d); cf. "maggot in brain."
The female bores and lays an egg in the unopened bud, and the maggot feeds on the stamens and pistil.
British Dictionary definitions for maggot
Word Origin for maggot
Word Origin and History for maggot
late 15c., probably an unexplained variant of Middle English maðek, from Old English maða "maggot, grub," from Proto-Germanic *mathon (cf. Old Norse maðkr, Old Saxon matho, Middle Dutch, Dutch made, Old High German mado, German Made, Gothic maþa "maggot"). Figurative use "whim, fancy, crotchet" is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.