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[flahy-pey-per] /ˈflaɪˌpeɪ pər/
paper designed to destroy flies by catching them on its sticky surface or poisoning them on contact.
Origin of flypaper
1840-50; fly2 + paper Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flypaper
  • There's a flypaper stickiness about them, too, though their usual surface is matte and dry.
  • Admittedly, perhaps such a trap is no better than a few square feet of flypaper.
  • The addition of beneficial nematodes and use of flypaper showed limited success in controlling the fly population.
  • If fruit flies are a problem, you can try using flypaper traps or make your own fruit fly trap.
  • Glue boards work on the same principle as flypaper: when a rat attempts to cross the glue board, the rodent gets stuck.
  • Sticky flypaper is useful in entryways if flies congregate there.
British Dictionary definitions for flypaper


paper with a sticky and poisonous coating, usually hung from the ceiling to trap flies
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Word Origin and History for flypaper

1851 (though the item itself is said to have become commonly available in London in 1848), from fly (n.1) + paper (n.).

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