• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wheat-fly name of several flies which destroy wheat—e.g. the Hessian fly
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwǽtehwit, white; Ger. weizen; allied to white, and named from its colour.


In literature:

In North America, much damage is done to crops of wheat by the Hessian fly.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Crane-fly larvae are frequently seriously destructive locally in grass and wheat fields.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The flies will gather in this strip and lay all their eggs in the early wheat.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
All down the street the ears of wheat are round Ximena flying, But the King lifts off her bosom sweet whatever there was lying.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
The Hessian fly, introduced from Europe more than one hundred years ago, causes during certain seasons a very great loss to the wheat crop.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
As the wheat came up, the flying clouds of sand cut it down, and even buried the scrub.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
I see the gulls fly over a shadowy flood And Munster fields of barley and of wheat.
"Songs and Satires" by Edgar Lee Masters
Sometimes David would take one of the small boys upon his stand, where he could see the cylinder whiz while flying wheat stung his face.
"Wisconsin in Story and Song;" by Various

In poetry:

Let earth withhold her goodly root,
Let mildew blight the rye,
Give to the worm the orchard’s fruit,
The wheat-field to the fly:
"The Corn Song" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Flying Fish brewer Casey Hughes doesn't like wheat beers.
Flying Fish brewer Casey Hughes doesn't like wheat beers.
Dust flies as Geoff Willis of Olympic View Dairy sows winter wheat ahead of a spell of rain near Montesano Thursday.