housefly

[hous-flahy]
noun, plural houseflies.
a medium-sized, gray-striped fly, Musca domestica, common around human habitations in nearly all parts of the world.
Also, house fly.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see house, fly2

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housefly (ˈhaʊsˌflaɪ)
 
n , 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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