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maggot Tweet Definition of maggot Like Definition of maggot on Facebook
noun
  1. A fly larva that eats decompose, decomposing flesh.
  2. (obsolete) A whimsy or fancy.
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mantis Tweet Definition of mantis Like Definition of mantis on Facebook
noun (plural:mantises or mantes)
  1. Any of various large insects of the order Mantodea that catch insects or other small animals with their powerful forelegs.
March fly Tweet Definition of March fly Like Definition of March fly on Facebook
noun
  1. A dark hairy fly of the family Bibionidae.
  2. (Australian English) A bloodsucking tabanid horsefly.
  • 1988: There were other, less pleasant forms of life, too; March flies with a spike-like proboscis I thought would have no trouble going through a pine board. " Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked (Angus & Robertson 1995, p. 237)
margin Tweet Definition of margin Like Definition of margin on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, Printing): the edge of the paper that remains blank
  2. (context, Finance): the yield or profit; the selling price minus the cost
  3. a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits, as a margin of error
mayfly Tweet Definition of mayfly Like Definition of mayfly on Facebook
noun (mayflies)
  1. any of many fragile insects, of the order Ephemeroptera, that develop in fresh water, and live very briefly as adults.
mealybug Tweet Definition of mealybug Like Definition of mealybug on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various insects of the family Pseudococcidae, that secrete a powdery wax and are pests of fruit trees.
meconium Tweet Definition of meconium Like Definition of meconium on Facebook
noun
  1. A dark green mass, the contents of the fetal intestines during the later stages of mammalian gestation, that forms the first faeces of the newborn
medfly Tweet Definition of medfly Like Definition of medfly on Facebook
noun (medflies)
  1. A small fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, native to the Mediterranean.
media Tweet Definition of media Like Definition of media on Facebook
noun (plural:mediae)
  1. (anatomy) the middle layer of the wall of a blood vessel or lymph vessel which is composed of connective and muscular tissue. (tunica media, between the tunica interna and tunica externa).
medial Tweet Definition of medial Like Definition of medial on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a mean or average; mean
    medial alligation
  2. (anatomy) pertaining to the inside (the part facing the body); for example, the medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.
metamorphic Tweet Definition of metamorphic Like Definition of metamorphic on Facebook
noun
  1. (mineralogy) A rock that has been changed from its original form by subjection to heat and/or pressure.
adjective
  1. (geology) Having been structurally altered as a result of, or resulting from, exposure to intense heat &/or pressure (at the contact zone between colliding plates, for example).
midge Tweet Definition of midge Like Definition of midge on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small two-winged fly, flies, for example, from the family Chironomidae or non-biting midges, the family Chaoboridae or phantom midges, and the family Ceratopogonidae or biting midges, all belonging to the order Diptera.
milkweed bug Tweet Definition of milkweed bug Like Definition of milkweed bug on Facebook
noun
  1. an insect, of the order Hemiptera, that mostly feeds on the seeds and tissue of the milkweed plant (Asclepias).
Miller Tweet Definition of Miller Like Definition of Miller on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an English and Scottish occupational surname for a miller
millipede Tweet Definition of millipede Like Definition of millipede on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of many elongated arthropods, of the class Diplopoda, with cylindrical bodies that have two pairs of legs for each one of their 20 to 100 or more body segments.
miner Tweet Definition of miner Like Definition of miner on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who works in a mine.
  2. an operator of mine, mines and other explosives in an army.
mole cricket Tweet Definition of mole cricket Like Definition of mole cricket on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various large insects from the family Gryllotalpidae that burrow into moist soil and feed on plant roots.
monarch Tweet Definition of monarch Like Definition of monarch on Facebook
noun
  1. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
Quotations
  • 1598: Never was monarch better fear, fear'd and love, lov'd Than is your Majesty. " w:William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25.
    1. A migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found in North America. See w:en:Monarch butterfly.
Mormon cricket Tweet Definition of Mormon cricket Like Definition of Mormon cricket on Facebook
noun
  1. a large dark wingless katydid, Anabrus simplex, that resembles a cricket and is found in the arid parts of the western U.S. where it is occasionally an abundant pest of crops
moth Tweet Definition of moth Like Definition of moth on Facebook
noun
  1. usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterfly, butterflies by feather-like antennae.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To hunt for moths.
mourning cloak Tweet Definition of mourning cloak Like Definition of mourning cloak on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A dark cloak worn by a mourner at a funeral.
  2. A large butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, native to Eurasia and North America
myrmecology Tweet Definition of myrmecology Like Definition of myrmecology on Facebook
noun
  1. (zoology): The study of ants.

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