maggot definition

  • noun:
    • The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of numerous flies regarding the order Diptera, often within rotting matter.
    • Slang A despicable individual.
    • An extravagant notion; a whim.
    • A soft, legless larva of a fly or other dipterous insect, that often eats decomposing organic matter.
    • a phrase of insult for a 'worthless' person, as if a bug.
    • A whimsy or elegant.
    • The footless larva of any fly. See larval.
    • A whim; an odd fancy.
    • 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.
    • A whim; a crotchet; an odd fancy: mostly in such expressions as a maggot in one's mind.
    • A frisky fellow; one fond of pranks.
    • A whimsical impromptu melody or track.
    • (See in addition cheese-maggot, meat-maggot.)
    • the larva associated with the housefly and blowfly commonly within rotting organic matter

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