lord of the flies

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The English-language translation of the Hebrew word בעל זבוב (ba'al-z'vúv, fly-lord, Beelzebub), which in turn is a mistranslation of the name of the Semitic devil Baal-zevuv.

Noun[edit]

lord of the flies

  1. (idiomatic, biblical) a ruler over a worthless kingdom; leader of a meaningless microcosm.