Definition of Fruit fly
1. Noun. Any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits.
Generic synonyms: Dipteran, Dipteron, Dipterous Insect, Two-winged Insects
Specialized synonyms: Apple Maggot, Railroad Worm, Rhagoletis Pomonella, Ceratitis Capitata, Medfly, Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Drosophila, Drosophila Melanogaster, Vinegar Fly
Definition of Fruit fly
1. Noun. any insect of the ''Tephritidae'' family, whose larvae damage plant tissue. ¹
2. Noun. any insect of the ''Drosophilidae'' family, whose larvae feed on ripening fruit, especially the species ''Drosophila melanogaster'' that is used in genetic research. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Fruit fly
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1. The Canadian Entomologist by Entomological Society of Canada (1863-1871), Entomological Society of Canada (1951- ), Entomological Society of Ontario (1902)
"BY MV SLINGERLAND, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NY In September, 1899, I published an account of a new cherry pest, which I called the cherry fruit-fly ..."
2. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1893)
"... called by Doctor Williston the fermenting fruit fly, by Lintner the pickled-fruit fly, and by Comstock the vine-loving pomace fly. ..."
3. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"This quarantine prohibits the shipment of any of the fruits and vegetables specified in the notice of quar- Mediterranean fruit-fly.—This is Quarantine No. ..."
4. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington by Entomological Society of Washington (1913)
"With the exception of the Rhagoletis pomonella, no species is as yet notably destructive in the United States, though the notorious Mediterranean fruit fly, ..."
5. The American Year Book: A Record of Events and Progress by Francis Graham Wickware, (, Albert Bushnell Hart, (, Simon Newton Dexter North, William M. Schuyler (1915)
"Mediterranean fruit fly.—Investigations have shown that by picking coffee ... Investigations have shown that cold storage will destroy the fruit fly in any ..."