American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Apus and Carina.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of flies, or two-winged insects, founded by Linnæus in 1763. Formerly applied to Diptera at large, and to sundry other insects, as many of the Hymenoptera; now the type of the family Muscidæ, and restricted to such species as the common house-fly, M. domestica. As at present restricted, Musca is characterized by having the antennal bristle thickly feathered on both sides, the fourth longitudinal vein of the wings bent at an angle toward the third, and middle tibiæ without any strong bristles or spurs on the inner side. In this sense it is not a very large genus, having but 14 species in Europe and 5 in North America, two of the latter, M. domestica and M. corvina, being common to both continents. See cut under
- n. [lowercase] A fly or some similar insect.
- n. The Fly, a name given to the constellation also called Apis, the Bee. It is situated south of the Southern Cross, and east of the Chameleon, and contains one star of the third and three of the fourth magnitude. The name was also formerly given to a constellation situated north of Aries.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Muscini — including the housefly.
- n. astronomy An autumn constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a fly. It lies between the constellations of Carina and Apus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of dipterous insects, including the common house fly, and numerous allied species.
- n. (Astron.) A small constellation situated between the Southern Cross and the Pole.
- 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
- Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin musca, a "fly". (Wiktionary)
- From Latin musca, fly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“The Musca delivered the containers to Port Klang, one of Malaysia's busiest sea ports.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Flight pattern Malpense Musca Domestica, engage, Otto whispered to the tiny hovering disc, and it shot off down the corridor toward the waiting guns.”
“Behavioral effects of the entomopathogenic fungus Entomophthora muscae on its host Musca domestica: Postural changes in dying hosts and gated patterns of mortality.”
“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.”
“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).”
“Although his genetic spunk would have been tainted by elements of Musca domestica, it was still human DNA.”
“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.”
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