Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A common, widely distributed fly (Musca domestica) that frequents human dwellings, breeds in moist or decaying organic matter, and transmits a wide variety of diseases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common fly, Musca domestica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun common fly (Musca domestica) that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The common fly, of the species Musca domestica that occurs in most homes; it can spread some diseases.

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

  • noun common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases
  • noun common fly that frequents human habitations and spreads many diseases

Etymologies

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From house +‎ fly. Cognate with Dutch huisvlieg ("housefly"), Danish husflue ("housefly"), Swedish husfluga ("housefly").

Examples

  • This preserved housefly is sporting a pair of two-millimeter-wide eyeglasses, engineered with ultra-precise fast-pulse laser technology.

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  • This preserved housefly is sporting a pair of two-millimeter-wide eyeglasses, engineered with ultra-precise fast-pulse laser technology.

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  • Generally speaking the housefly is very susceptible to DDT; unfortunately some fairly resistant species of fly have lately been observed.

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  • One memory that returned with the persistence of a housefly was my recollection of the promise I had made to Grandmere Catherine should anything bad happen to her.

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  • One memory that returned with the persistence of a housefly was my recollection of the promise I had made to Grandmere Catherine should anything bad happen to her.

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  • One memory that returned with the persistence of a housefly was my recollection of the promise I had made to Grandmere Catherine should anything bad happen to her.

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  • One memory that returned with the persistence of a housefly was my recollection of the promise I had made to Grandmere Catherine should anything bad happen to her.

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  • The housefly is the Ferrari of the insect world and can change course in as little as 30 thousandths of a second.

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  • Creepy animals are only too plentiful, the most objectionable at present is the common housefly which is a perfect plague.

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  • Well the North Koreans got two out of three correct, but they forgot to add that she is a windbag who is about as threatening as a housefly.

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