from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere near Apus and Carina.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Muscini — including the housefly.
- proper n. An autumn constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a fly. It lies between the constellations of Carina and Apus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of dipterous insects, including the common house fly, and numerous allied species.
- proper n. A small constellation situated between the Southern Cross and the Pole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of flies, or two-winged insects, founded by Linnæus in 1763.
- n. [lowercase] A fly or some similar insect.
- n. The Fly, a name given to the constellation also called Apis, the Bee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Muscidae: houseflies
- n. a small constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross and Chamaeleon
From Latin musca, fly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin musca ("fly") (Wiktionary)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin musca, a "fly". (Wiktionary)