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Mediterranean fruit fly

noun

Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly

  1. :  a small widely distributed yellowish-brown dipteran fly (Ceratitis capitata) with a banded abdomen whose larva lives and feeds in ripening fruit —called also medfly



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1899

First Known Use of mediterranean fruit fly

1899


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