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musca , ae, f. Sanscr. makshikà, a fly; Gr. μυῖα, of which musca, μυἱσκα, may be a dim. form; cf. Germ. Mücke; Engl. midge, musquito,
I.a fly, Varr. R. R. 3, 16: “puer, abige muscas,Cic. de Or. 2, 60, 247: “muscas fugare,Mart. 3, 82, 12: “muscas captare ac stilo praeacuto configere (solebat Domitianus),Suet. Dom. 3.—Transf., of troublesome persons.—So of inquisitive, prying people, Plaut. Merc. 2, 3, 26; “of obtrusive, unbidden guests,id. Poen. 3, 3, 76.
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    • Plautus, Poenulus, 3.3
    • Suetonius, Domitianus, 3
    • Plautus, Mercator, 2.3
    • Cicero, On Oratory, 2.60
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