Hessian fly
Hessian Hes"sian, a. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians. [1913 Webster]

{Hessian boots}, or {Hessians}, boot of a kind worn in England, in the early part of the nineteenth century, tasseled in front. --Thackeray.

{Hessian cloth}, or {Hessians}, a coarse hempen cloth for sacking.

{Hessian crucible}. See under {Crucible}.

{Hessian fly} (Zo["o]l.), a small dipterous fly or midge ({Cecidomyia destructor}). Its larv[ae] live between the base of the lower leaves and the stalk of wheat, and are very destructive to young wheat; -- so called from the erroneous idea that it was brought into America by the Hessian troops, during the Revolution. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Hessian fly — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Hessian fly — см. Приложение 1 (Mayetiola destructor). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Hessian fly — Hessian fly. См. гессенская муха. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Hessian fly — ☆ Hessian fly n. a small gall midge (Mayetiola destructor) whose larvae destroy wheat crops …   English World dictionary

  • Hessian fly — Cecidomyia Cec i*do*my i*a (s[e^]s [i^]*d[ o]*m[imac] [i^]*[.a]), prop. n. [Nl., fr. Gr. khki s, khki^dos, a gall nut + myi^a a fly.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of small dipterous files, including several very injurious species, as the {Hessian fly}. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hessian fly — a small fly, Phytophaga destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses. [1780 90, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  small fly in the gall midge family, Cecidomyiidae (order Diptera), that is very destructive to wheat crops.… …   Universalium

  • Hessian fly — Hes′sian fly′ n. ent a small fly, Mayetiola (or Phytophaga) destructor, the larvae of which feed on the stems of wheat and other grasses …   From formal English to slang

  • Hessian fly — noun Date: 1786 a small European dipteran fly (Mayetiola destructor) introduced into North America that is destructive to wheat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hessian-fly — n. Wheat fly (Cecidomyia destructor) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Hessian fly — noun small fly whose larvae damage wheat and other grains • Syn: ↑Mayetiola destructor • Hypernyms: ↑gall midge, ↑gallfly, ↑gall gnat • Member Holonyms: ↑Mayetiola, ↑genus Mayetiola …   Useful english dictionary

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