Definition of maggot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmæɡət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæɡət//
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a creature like a small short worm, that is the young form of a fly and is found in decaying meat and other food. Maggots are often used as bait on a hook to catch fish. See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps an alteration of dialect maddock, from Old Norse mathkr, of Germanic origin.
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