Vinegar fly

Vinegar fly
Vinegar fly Vin"e*gar fly Any of several fruit flies, esp. {Drosophila ampelopophila}, which breed in imperfectly sealed preserves and in pickles. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • vinegar fly — n DROSOPHILA (2) …   Medical dictionary

  • vinegar fly — any fly of the family Drosophilidae, the larvae of which feed on decaying fruit and vegetation. Also called fruit fly, pomace fly. [1900 05] * * * ▪ insect also called  pomace fly  or  small fruit fly   any member of a genus in the small fruit… …   Universalium

  • vinegar fly — noun flies whose larvae feed on pickles and imperfectly sealed preserves • Hypernyms: ↑fruit fly, ↑pomace fly • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Drosophila * * * noun : any of various fruit flies (especially Drosophila mel …   Useful english dictionary

  • vinegar-fly — vinˈegar fly noun A fruit fly • • • Main Entry: ↑vinegar …   Useful english dictionary

  • vinegar fly — vin′egar fly n. ent fruit fly 2) • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • vinegar fly — /ˈvɪnɪgə flaɪ/ (say viniguh fluy) noun any fly of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, a fly which is widely used for genetic research because it breeds quickly. {from the presence of its larvae in fermenting liquids as in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • vinegar fly — noun Etymology: from its breeding in pickles Date: 1901 drosophila …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fly — noun see eagles don’t catch flies honey catches more flies than vinegar a shut mouth catches no flies verb see time flies a bird never flew on one wing participial adjective see …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • fruit fly — 1. any of numerous small dipterous insects of the family Tephritidae, the larvae of which feed on the fruit of various plants. 2. See vinegar fly. 3. drosophila. [1745 55] * * * Any dipteran species of two families: large fruit flies (Trypetidae) …   Universalium

  • fruit fly — noun any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits • Syn: ↑pomace fly • Hypernyms: ↑dipterous insect, ↑two winged insects, ↑dipteran, ↑dipteron • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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