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See also: mușca, muscă, muscã, and Musca


musca (a fly)


From a Proto-Indo-European root *mus-, *mu-, *mew-. Cognates with the Sanskrit मशक (maśáka), Old Church Slavonic моуха (muxa), and the Ancient Greek μυῖα (muîa, a fly) of which μυἱσκα (mhuiska) may be a diminutive form. Confer the German Mücke (mosquito) and English midge, midget and mosquito (the latter is from Spanish, and it is a diminutive of mosca, from musca).



musca f (genitive muscae); first declension

  1. a fly (insect)
    Puer, abige muscas.
    Repel those flies, boy.
  2. (transferred meaning) an inquisitive or prying people


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative musca muscae
genitive muscae muscārum
dative muscae muscīs
accusative muscam muscās
ablative muscā muscīs
vocative musca muscae

Derived terms[edit]



  • musca in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • musca in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “musca”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • musca in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • musca in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • musca in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray



musca f

  1. definite singular nominative and accusative form of muscă.