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Lady-fly

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La'dy-bird.
La'dy-cow.
La'dy-fly.
n.s. A small red insect vaginopennous.

Fly lady-bird, north, south, or east or west,
Fly where the man is found that I love best.
Gay's Past.

This lady-fly I take from off the grass,
Whose spotted back might scarlet red surpass.
Gay.

Sources: Gay, John (51)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Lady-fly." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 15, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13874.


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