from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.
- n. Slang A despicable person.
- n. An extravagant notion; a whim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter.
- n. A term of insult for a 'worthless' person, as if a bug.
- n. A whimsy or fancy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The footless larva of any fly. See larval.
- n. A whim; an odd fancy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, the larva of a fly or other insect: hence, in general, a grub; a worm: applied to footless larvæ, and especially to the larvæ of flies.
- n. A whim; a crotchet; an odd fancy: mostly in such expressions as a maggot in one's head.
- n. A frisky fellow; one given to pranks.
- n. A whimsical impromptu melody or song.
- n. (See also cheese-maggot, meat-maggot.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but were it called a maggot, a schist or a cloaca, we would think of it quite differently.
The larvae preferentially consume dead tissue (steering clear of live), they excrete an antibacterial agent, and they stimulate wound healing -- all factors that could be linked to the lower occurrence of infection in maggot-treated wounds.
He said that he had not been "maggot" - slang for getting out of it - for almost two weeks, so was going to make the most of it.
In the blog Bitesize Bio I came across a press release PDF from Monarch Labs on their Larval Debridement Therapy, also known as maggot therapy.
The egg of a common house-fly hatches into a larva called a maggot; in this condition the body destined to become the vastly different fly is composed of soft-skinned segments very much alike and also similar to the joints of a worm.
Chironomus, in the thoracic region of the legless maggot, which is the larva of an insect of this family, and the imaginal discs for eyes and feelers (fig. 11 _e_, _f_) lie just in front of it.
The broad end of the maggot is the tail, while the narrow extremity marks the position of the mouth.
The soil of this island is poor for any purpose but growing timber; the inhabitants consequently are not many, and they live on roots and fish and what we should think still poorer food – a great wood maggot, which is found in plenty.
The soil of this island is poor for any purpose but growing timber; the inhabitants consequently are not many, and they live on roots and fish and what we should think still poorer food -- a great wood maggot, which is found in plenty.
In a process called maggot debridement treatment, the bugs are placed directly onto a wound, where they remove dead tissue known as slough, which prevents healing.