maggot

[ mag-uh t ]
/ ˈmæg ət /

noun

a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.

Origin of maggot

1425–75; late Middle English magot, magat, unexplained variant of maddock, Middle English mathek < Old Norse mathkr; akin to Danish maddik maggot, Old English matha, mathu grub, maggot, Old High German mado maggot
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British Dictionary definitions for maggot

maggot

/ (ˈmæɡət) /

noun

the soft limbless larva of dipterous insects, esp the housefly and blowfly, occurring in decaying organic matter
rare a fancy or whim

Word Origin for maggot

C14: from earlier mathek; related to Old Norse mathkr worm, Old English matha, Old High German mado grub
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Medicine definitions for maggot

maggot

[ măgət ]

n.

The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.
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