fruit fly

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  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for fruit fly

fruit fly

  1. any small dipterous fly of the family Trypetidae, which feed on and lay their eggs in plant tissues: See also gallfly

  2. any dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila: See drosophila

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