Meaning of rat-tailed maggot

rat'-tailed mag'got

Pronunciation: (rat'tāld"), [key]
  1. the aquatic larva of any of several syrphid flies of the genus Eristalis, that breathes through a long, thin tube at the posterior end of its body.
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