2. [syn: Musca, genus Musca]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Musca \Mus"ca\, prop. n.; pl. Muscae. [L., a fly.]
1. (Zool.) A genus of dipterous insects, including the common
house fly, and numerous allied species.
Note: Formerly, a large part of the Diptera were included
under the genus Musca.
2. (Astron.) A small constellation situated between the
Southern Cross and the Pole.
Muscae volitantes. [L., flying flies.] (Med.) Specks or
filaments apparently seen moving or gliding about in the
field of vision. Their appearance is often a symptom of
disease of the eye, or of disorder of the nervous system.
[1913 Webster] Muscadel
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small constellation in the polar region of the southern
hemisphere near the Southern Cross and Chamaeleon
2: type genus of the Muscidae: houseflies [syn: Musca, genus