fruit fly


noun

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


noun

any small dipterous fly of the family Trypetidae, which feed on and lay their eggs in plant tissuesSee also gallfly
any dipterous fly of the genus DrosophilaSee drosophila
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