fruit fly

noun

Definition of fruit fly

: any of various small dipteran flies (such as a drosophila) whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter

Examples of fruit fly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes structures for nearly every protein in the human body, as well as for 20 other scientifically relevant species like the fruit fly and the mouse. Rob Toews, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Place these apple-shape fruit fly traps near fruits and vegetables, trash cans, or just on top of your counters to attract and eliminate the tiny pests. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2021 Use yellow sticky traps to monitor for cherry fruit fly. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 First week: Spray cherry trees for cherry fruit fly, as necessary, if fruit is ripening. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 As fruit fly larvae age, their neurons shift from a highly adaptable state to a stable state and lose their ability to change. Sarah Degenova Ackerman, The Conversation, 12 Apr. 2021 Over the decades, the lowly fruit fly became an exquisite model of human disease. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021 Scientists next inject strands of synthetic bacterial DNA into fruit fly larvae to integrate the mutations into the genome. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, 26 Feb. 2021 How to get rid of fruit flies using a DIY fruit fly trap: Make a trap with apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of fruit fly

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fruit fly was circa 1753

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

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fruit fly

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Medical Definition of fruit fly

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

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