cabbage root fly
a dipterous fly, Erioischia brassicae, whose larvae feed on the roots and stems of cabbages and other brassicas: family Muscidae (houseflies, etc)
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What is the “seven” in “7 UP?” What is the “root” in “root beer?”
Root beer and 7 Up are carbonated, sweetened beverages with peculiar names. What root is found in root beer? Burdock? Daikon? And what does the “7” represent? Good luck? The primary flavor of root beer was originally made using the root (or bark) of the sassafras plant. Sassafras is native to the Americas and was supposedly discovered by the Spanish in 1528. It is believed …
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