maggot

[mag-uht]
noun
1.
a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
2.
Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.

Origin:
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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maggot (ˈmæɡət)
 
n
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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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 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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Example sentences
Chicken coops writhe with maggots, a sickening stench hanging in the air.
To think so, is to be of the same mentality that thought maggots magically
  appeared in meat.
Empty fly pupa were found with the kids' remains, indicating that maggots ate
  their flesh during natural decomposition.
They become food for squirrels, or cats, or maggots.
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