Definition of housefly in English:

Share this entry

housefly

Pronunciation: /ˈhaʊsflʌɪ/

noun (plural houseflies)

A common small fly occurring worldwide in and around human habitation. Its eggs are laid in decaying material, and the fly can be a health hazard due to its contamination of food.
  • Musca domestica, family Muscidae.
Example sentences
  • Only the Cyclorrapha, which includes Drosophila and the common housefly, Musca domestica, have a bicoid gene.
  • The diverse group of fly species called schizophorans includes houseflies, fruit flies, and flesh-burrowing blowflies.
  • You probably will recognize some of the suspects: horsefly/deer fly, stable fly, housefly, black fly, hornfly, face fly, culicoides, and mosquito.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: house|fly

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.