Definitions for maggotˈmæg ət
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
an odd fancy; whim.
Origin of maggot:
1425–75;< ON mathkr
the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter
A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter.
A term of insult for a 'worthless' person, as if a bug.
Drop and give me fifty, maggot.
A whimsy or fancy.
Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, an old country dance .
Origin: From magot, magotte, probably alteration of maddock, originally a diminutive form of a base represented by Old English maþa (Scots mathe), from common Germanic root *mathon-, from the Proto-Indo-European root *math-, which was used in insect names. Near-cognates include Dutch made, German Made and Swedish mask. The use of maggot to mean a fanciful or whimsical thing derives from the folk belief that a whimsical or crotchety person had maggots in his or her brain.
the footless larva of any fly. See Larval
a whim; an odd fancy
A maggot is the larva of a fly; it is applied in particular to the larvae of Brachyceran flies, such as houseflies, cheese flies, and blowflies, rather than larvae of the Nematocera, such as mosquitoes and Crane flies. "Maggot" is not a technical term and should not be taken as such; in many standard textbooks of entomology it does not appear in the index at all. In many non-technical texts the term is used for insect larvae in general. Other sources have coined their own definitions; for example: "... The term applies to a grub when all trace of limbs has disappeared ..." and "...Applied to the footless larvae of Dipters." Maggot-like fly larvae are of wide importance in ecology and medicine; among other roles, various species are prominent in recycling carrion and garbage, attacking crops and foodstuffs, spreading microbial infections, and causing myiasis.
Translations for maggot
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- asticotCatalan, Valencian
- Made, FleischmadeGerman
- gusano, larva, cresaSpanish
- toukka, kärpäsentoukka, liero, matoFinnish
- larve, asticotFrench
- 蛆, ウジJapanese
- kuur, gril, luim, made, wormDutch
- chʼoshNavajo, Navaho
- robak, larwaPolish
- larva, verme, caprichoPortuguese
- vierme, larvăRomanian
- гнида, опарыш, причуда, личинка, червь, фантазияRussian
- ličinka, личинкаSerbo-Croatian
- mask, larv, likmask, maggotSwedish
- kurt, kurtçukTurkish
- qumursqa, qurtUzbek
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