[mag-uh t] /ˈmæg ət/
a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.
1425–75; late Middle English magot, magat, unexplained variant of maddock, Middle English mathek < Old Norse mathkr; akin to Danish maddik maggot, Old English matha, mathu grub, maggot, Old High German mado maggot
Example Sentences for maggot
The egg develops into a maggot, which appears to control the ant's behavior.
Garlic is susceptible to onion insects, except onion maggot.
The maggot is certainly worthy of a unique control strategy.
The bacteria enter through wounds in the neck or through feeding wounds of the onion maggot.
Determine the effectiveness of selective insecticides for control of apple maggot and blueberry maggot flies.
British Dictionary definitions for maggot
maggot (ˈmæɡət)
1.  the soft limbless larva of dipterous insects, esp the housefly and blowfly, occurring in decaying organic matter
2.  rare a fancy or whim
[C14: from earlier mathek; related to Old Norse mathkr worm, Old English matha, Old High German mado grub]

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Word Origin and History for maggot
late 14c., probably an unexplained variant of M.E. maðek, from O.E. maða "maggot, grub," from P.Gmc. *mathon (cf. O.N. maðkr, O.S. matho, M.Du. made, Ger. Made, Goth. maþa "maggot").
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maggot in Medicine

maggot mag·got (māg'ət)
The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.

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A white person; ofay : Maggot: street slang for anyone white (1980s+ Black)


enough to gag a maggot

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