Mediterranean fruit fly

noun

Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly

: 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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Mediterranean fruit fly

First Known Use of Mediterranean fruit fly

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Mediterranean fruit fly was in 1899

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“Mediterranean fruit fly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mediterranean%20fruit%20fly. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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