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noun, genitive Mus·cae [muhs-ee] /ˈmʌs i/. Astronomy.
  1. the Fly, a small southern constellation between Crux and Chamaeleon.
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Origin of Musca

< New Latin, Latin: a fly
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Examples from the Web for musca

Historical Examples of musca

  • At the banquet of Julia's beauty, no guest, be sure, is considered a musca.'

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • In some genera (Musca) there is but one, which resembles a sharp lancet.

  • But I must make an exception in favour of the Musca Domestica, the common house-fly.

    Savage Island

    Basil C. Thomson

  • The experiments with Musca domestica were the most detailed.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Its very name, too (Musca domestica), seemed a mockery, dwelling as it did in that vast solitude.

British Dictionary definitions for musca


noun Latin genitive Muscae (ˈmʌskiː)
  1. a small constellation in the S hemisphere lying between the Southern Cross and Chamaeleon
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Word Origin for Musca

Latin: a fly
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musca in Medicine


  1. A genus of flies of the family Muscidae that includes M. domestica, the common housefly, a species involved in the transfer of numerous pathogens.
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