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Pronunciation: mus'ka

Definition: A genus of flies (family Muscidae, order Diptera) that includes the common housefly, Musca domestica, a species universally associated with humans, particularly under unsanitary conditions; it breeds in filth and organic waste, and is involved in the mechanical transfer of numerous pathogens.

[L. fly]

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