Definition of maggot in English:

maggot

Syllabification: mag·got
Pronunciation: /ˈmagət
 
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noun

1A soft-bodied legless larva, especially that of a fly found in decaying matter.
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  • These greenish larvae are typical fly maggots in appearance; legless, broadest at the tail end and tapering to a point at the head, with hook-like mouthparts.
  • This year flea beetles, white grubs, seed corn maggots and wireworms generated a lot of discussion.
  • Flea beetles and root maggots, the two major radish pests, can be avoided by placing floating row cover over the bed.
1.1 Fishing Bait consisting of a maggot or maggots.
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  • I did intend using maggot as one of the main baits but thought pre-baiting regularly with them might encourage too many of the water's small perch into the swim.
  • I am certain that more bream were caught on carp type baits rather than traditional bream baits like worm, caster or maggot.
  • The closest you can get to fishing with a natural bait for these timid tench is with the humble maggot and redworm.
2 archaic A whimsical fancy.
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  • "You know, Ruth," he said, "I don't wish to say anything against Isaac, and I don't want to make you uneasy, but you know as well as I do that he has a strange maggot in his brain.
  • There's a strange maggot hath got into their brains, which possesseth them with a kind of vertigo, and it reigns in the pulpit more than anywhere else, for some of our preachmen are grown dog mad, there's a worm got into their tongues as well as their heads.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps an alteration of dialect maddock, from Old Norse mathkr, of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

maggoty

adjective
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  • The mushroom man, for instance - who also sold dates, walnuts and the best olives I've ever eaten - treated me better after an epic row over maggoty porcini which secured the refund I was after and also attracted a small approving crowd.
  • A west Wiltshire informant tells me that as a child he was cautioned against picking maggoty blackberries, ‘because the fairies had weed on them.’
  • I wash the dirt carefully off their stems, slice away any maggoty flesh, and cook them in garlic and cream.

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