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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 maggots
  • 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.
  • When you die and begin to rot, maggots appear and aid in the process.
  • Many maggots go to the core and remain there until they mature.
  • These maggots then concentrate the toxin, and the toxic maggots are ingested by birds.
  • Fly maggots of the fruit fly group are well known as plant feeders and some are serious agricultural pests.
  • The maggots eat the flesh of the fruit, causing it to rot.
  • Small white maggots that feed in the lower part of the stem or bulb may injure onion plants.
British Dictionary definitions for maggots

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 maggots
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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maggots 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 maggots

maggot

noun

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

Related Terms

enough to gag a maggot


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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