• (noun): The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.
  • (noun): Slang A despicable person.
  • (noun): An extravagant notion; a whim.

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  • (noun): the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter

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A maggot is the larva of a fly (order Diptera); it is applied in particular to the larvae of Brachycera flies, such as houseflies, cheese flies, and blowflies, rather than larvae of the Nematocera, such as mosquitoes and Crane flies. A 2012 study estimated the population of maggots in North America alone to be in excess of 300 x 103 trillion.

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  • 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.

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