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An insect of the housefly family ("Muscidae")
- ‘The patterns of distribution of the South American muscid species are scarcely known.’
- ‘Schiner's system also was more especially applied to the brachycerous and muscid types, though he did attempt to homologize it with the nemocerous venation.’
- ‘Mosquitoes and tabanids bite us, muscids pester us and blow flies get into our meat if it is left open.’
- ‘Jade spent most of her time chasing muscids and asilids in the drier forested and open rocky areas.’
- ‘The influence of sex and parasitism on the muscid longevity was measured using the factor analysis of variance.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Muscidae (plural), from Latin musca ‘fly’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.