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fruit fly

any of numerous small dipterous insects of the family Tephritidae, the larvae of which feed on the fruit of various plants.
Origin of fruit fly
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
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  • They are particularly on the watch for the Mediterranean fruit fly and for the mongoose.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • In the fruit fly, Drosophila ampelophila, we have found about 125 characters that are inherited in a perfectly definite way.

  • A fourth case is shown in the fruit fly, where an ebony fly with long wings is mated to a grey fly with vestigial wings (fig. 24).

  • The most extensive and conclusive experiments along this line are those by Morgan on the fruit fly Drosophila.

  • Again, a mutant stock in the fruit fly (Drosophila) has as its most marked characteristic very short wings.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The earlier ripening fruit usually escapes damage from fruit fly, but the late fruit often suffers considerably.

    Fruits of Queensland Albert Benson
  • Many kinds of pears do well, but, unfortunately, this fine fruit is very liable to be attacked by fruit fly.

    Fruits of Queensland Albert Benson
British Dictionary definitions for fruit fly

fruit fly

any small dipterous fly of the family Trypetidae, which feed on and lay their eggs in plant tissues See also gallfly
any dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila See drosophila
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Slang definitions & phrases for fruit fly

fruit fly

noun phrase

fag hag (1970s+ Homosexuals)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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