One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various large insectivorous dipteran flies constituting the family Mydaidae (or Mydidae), which are hairless and have clubbed antennae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Comstock (1849–1931). From scientific Latin Mydas, genus name + fly.
mydas fly/ˈmʌɪdəs flʌɪ/
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