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medfly

or Med·fly

[med-flahy]
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noun, plural med·flies.
  1. Mediterranean fruit fly.
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Origin of medfly

First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening

Mediterranean fruit fly

noun
  1. a small, black and white, irregularly banded two-winged fly, Ceratitis capitata, of many warm regions, that damages citrus and other succulent fruit crops by implanting eggs that hatch into maggots within the fruit.
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Origin of Mediterranean fruit fly

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called medfly, Medfly.
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British Dictionary definitions for medfly

medfly

noun plural -fly or -flies
  1. another name for Mediterranean fruit fly
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Mediterranean fruit fly

noun
  1. a species of dipterous fly, Ceratitis capitata, having marbled wings, whose maggots tunnel into fruits such as citrus, peach, and vine in the Mediterranean area, South Africa, and elsewhere: family TrypetidaeAlso called: medfly
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