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[mag-uh t] /ˈmæg ət/

a soft-bodied, legless larva of certain flies.
Archaic. an odd fancy; whim.
the soft limbless larva of dipterous insects, esp the housefly and blowfly, occurring in decaying organic matter
(rare) a fancy or whim

late 15c., probably an unexplained variant of Middle English maðek, from Old English maða “maggot, grub,” from Proto-Germanic *mathon (cf. Old Norse maðkr, Old Saxon matho, Middle Dutch, Dutch made, Old High German mado, German Made, Gothic maþa “maggot”). Figurative use “whim, fancy, crotchet” is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.

maggot mag·got (māg’ət)
The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter.


A white person; ofay: Maggot: street slang for anyone white (1980s+ Black)

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