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1A soft-bodied legless larva of a fly or other insect, found in decaying matter.‘the maggots attack the roots of the developing cabbages’
grub, larvaView synonyms
- ‘This insect is the maggot of the eggs laid by sawflies or carpenter bees in the freshly-cut cane of the rose after pruning.’
- ‘Fruit flies, such as the apple maggot and the cherry fruit flies, are also common orchard pests.’
- ‘There are three problems when growing garlic: drainage, gophers, and onion root maggots.’
- ‘Within days fly maggots are born and release an enzyme that decapitates their ant host.’
- ‘The Lonicera fly evolved as a hybrid of two existing U.S. species, the blueberry maggot and the snowberry maggot, according to the study.’
- ‘White root maggot may attack a portion of your crop.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Because fruit and vegetable waste goes in the brown bin and sits there for up to two weeks, maggots and fruit flies end up in it.’
- ‘Centuries after the technique was pioneered, maggots are being used at Harrogate District Hospital in larvae therapy, to remove unhealthy tissue from wounds.’
- ‘Although the risk of injury from seedling insects such as wireworms and seed corn maggots is reduced with a later planting, there is no post-emergence treatment for these insects.’
- ‘The changes that occur at metamorphosis can be rapid and dramatic, the classic examples being the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into an adult butterfly, a maggot into a fly, and a tadpole into a frog.’
- ‘Root maggots in the roots of cabbage may retard the growth of the plant or it may wilt and even die.’
- ‘He wanted to know what we did to keep root maggots out of radishes.’
- ‘Even if most people don't care to eat black radish, cabbage maggots sure love it and without a row cover a marketable crop can be almost impossible to achieve.’
- ‘There are ways to deal with coddling moths and apple maggots.’
- ‘Flea beetles and root maggots, the two major radish pests, can be avoided by placing floating row cover over the bed.’
- ‘It appears that these seed applied insecticides and liquid insecticides will be effective in protecting seeds from seed feeding insects such as wireworms and seedcorn maggots.’
- ‘Rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of the drone fly and, in order to pupate the larvae, look for a dry place and start migrating.’
- ‘One University of North Texas graduate student is using black fly maggots to compost that garbage.’
- ‘This year flea beetles, white grubs, seed corn maggots and wireworms generated a lot of discussion.’
- 1.1Fishing mass noun Bait consisting of a maggot or maggots.‘these sections produced a few good roach to maggot’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The closest you can get to fishing with a natural bait for these timid tench is with the humble maggot and redworm.’
- ‘Try fishing on the drop with maggot for the roach or on the bottom with chopped worm for the skimmers.’
- ‘I am certain that more bream were caught on carp type baits rather than traditional bream baits like worm, caster or maggot.’
2archaic A whimsical or strange idea.
impulse, urge, notion, fancy, whimsy, foible, idea, caprice, conceit, vagary, kink, megrim, crotchet, craze, fad, passion, inclination, bentView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘"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.’
act the maggot
informal Behave in a foolishly playful way.‘we'd all walk in a line behind him, acting the maggot, you know, imitating him’
- ‘He wasn't alone: the Dáil had an end-of-term feel about it, and there was a goodish amount of giddiness and a lot of general acting the maggot.’
- ‘I'm not being lazy, I promise - my computer is seriously acting the maggot.’
- ‘Mud, rain, music, people acting the maggot - in fact there was only one thing missing from this year's festival, sadly - the late great John Peel.’
- ‘If you want to ‘act the maggot’ in Castlebar you are going to end up in court.’
- ‘Are you going to act the maggot, and get yourself in trouble?’
Late Middle English: perhaps an alteration of dialect maddock, from Old Norse mathkr, of Germanic origin.
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