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maggot

[mag-uh t] /ˈmæg ət/
noun
1.
a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
2.
Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
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Examples 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/
noun
1.
the soft limbless larva of dipterous insects, esp the housefly and blowfly, occurring in decaying organic matter
2.
(rare) a fancy or whim
Word Origin
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
n.

late 15c., probably an unexplained variant of Middle English maðek, from Old English maða "maggot, grub," from Proto-Germanic *mathon (cf. Old Norse maðkr, Old Saxon matho, Middle Dutch, Dutch made, Old High German mado, German Made, Gothic maþa "maggot"). Figurative use "whim, fancy, crotchet" is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.

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maggot in Medicine

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for maggot

maggot

noun

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

Related Terms

enough to gag a maggot


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