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 Unabridged
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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 & History

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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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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