fruit fly
noun Date: circa 1753 any of various small dipteran flies (as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter

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  • Fruit fly — Fruit Fruit, n. [OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, v. t. See {Brook}, v. t., and cf. {Fructify}, {Frugal}.] 1. Whatever is produced for the nourishment or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fruit fly — n a small fly that eats fruit or decaying plants …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fruit fly — fruit ,fly noun count a very small fly that eats decaying fruit …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fruit fly — ► NOUN ▪ a small fly which feeds on fruit in both its adult and larval stages …   English terms dictionary

  • fruit fly — fruit′ fly n. 1) ent any of numerous small, black or steely green flies of the family Tephritidae, whose eggs are deposited in fruit for the larvae to feed on after hatching 2) ent Also called drosophila any of numerous similar yellowish flies of …   From formal English to slang

  • Fruit fly — may refer to: * Tephritidae, . the boogers in your nose * Drosophilidae, the ** Drosophila melanogaster , often called the common snot fly, which is an important model organism in modern biology * Gay slang with a meaning similar to fag hag …   Wikipedia

  • fruit fly — n any of various small dipteran flies (as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter * * * see Drosophila …   Medical dictionary

  • fruit fly — см. Приложение 1 (Drosophila). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • fruit fly — n. 1. any of a family (Tephritidae) of small dipterous flies whose larvae feed on fruits and vegetables 2. DROSOPHILA …   English World 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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