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[hous-flahy] /ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ/
noun, plural houseflies.
a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world.
Origin of housefly
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see house, fly2 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for housefly


noun (pl) -flies
a common dipterous fly, Musca domestica, that frequents human habitations, spreads disease, and lays its eggs in carrion, decaying vegetables, etc: family Muscidae
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Word Origin and History for housefly

early 15c., from house (n.) + fly (n.).

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