EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural dro·soph·i·las, dro·soph·i·lae . [droh- sof- uh-lee, dr uh-] /droʊˈsɒf əˌli, drə-/ a fly of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used in laboratory studies of genetics and development. Origin of drosophila
) dew +
New Latin -phila
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Examples from the Web for drosophila Historical Examples of drosophila British Dictionary definitions for drosophila noun plural -las or -lae ( -ˌliː) any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etc Also called: fruit fly, vinegar fly Word Origin for drosophila
C19: New Latin, from Greek
drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile
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Word Origin and History for drosophila n.
scientific name of a fruit fly, 1829, from Modern Latin (Fallén, 1823), from Greek
drosos "dew" + philos "loving" see -phile).
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Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, one species of which ( D. melanogaster) is used extensively in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance and the functions of genes.
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