Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Apus and Carina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Muscini — including the housefly.
  • proper n. An autumn constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a fly. It lies between the constellations of Carina and Apus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of dipterous insects, including the common house fly, and numerous allied species.
  • proper n. A small constellation situated between the Southern Cross and the Pole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of flies, or two-winged insects, founded by Linnæus in 1763.
  • n. [lowercase] A fly or some similar insect.
  • n. The Fly, a name given to the constellation also called Apis, the Bee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Muscidae: houseflies
  • n. a small constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross and Chamaeleon

Etymologies

From Latin musca, fly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin musca ("fly") (Wiktionary)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin musca, a "fly". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to the report, the containers were loaded in Dalian onto the CMA CGM Musca, a large, ocean-going container ship operated by the French shipping line CMA CGM and flying the United Kingdom's flag.

    Pretoria Seized North Korean Weapons

  • The Musca delivered the containers to Port Klang, one of Malaysia's busiest sea ports.

    Pretoria Seized North Korean Weapons

  • Several species of flies, and in particular Musca domestica, the common housefly, can carry and transmit not only Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) virus, but also the highly infectious and dangerous avian influenza strain, H5N1, according to UK scientist Terry Mabbett, who published his finding in the journal Poultry International.

    David Kirby: Reuters Mangles Flu Story and Blasts "Wild Theories" About "Evil Factory Farms"

  • Occasionally Eights injected a droll note: The catfish-and-eel fisherman who kept pulling out turtles; the family that kept wasps in the living room to keep down the fly (Musca) population.

    James Eights

  • Flight pattern Malpense Musca Domestica, engage, Otto whispered to the tiny hovering disc, and it shot off down the corridor toward the waiting guns.

    The Overload Protocol

  • Behavioral effects of the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae on its host Musca domestica: Postural changes in dying hosts and gated patterns of mortality.

    Parasite Rex

  • Similarly, the blue-bottle (Musca vomitoria), which instinctively ought to place its eggs in putrified flesh, lays them in the blossom of the Arum dracunculus, because it is misled by the decaying odour of this plant.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • I suspect the fly has some connection with this animal, and the Portuguese in the district of Tete must think so too, for they call it the ‘Musca da elephant’ (the elephant fly).

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Although his genetic spunk would have been tainted by elements of Musca domestica, it was still human DNA.

    BUZZKILL

  • Musca, the star's constellation of record, was Latin for fly; the name was one of the original ones given the constellations as seen from Earth by the old astronomer Bayer.

    Doctor’s Orders

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