fruit fly


Definition of fruit fly

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

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Denise, aka Denny, the directionless 20-something protagonist and her parents’ only child, spends her nights working with fruit flies as a lab technician in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Kathleen Rooney,, "Amanda Goldblatt pens affecting cancer story turned adventure tale in ‘Hard Mouth'," 9 Aug. 2019 So there is no need for a feedback mechanism for fruit flies to perform their evasive maneuvers as quickly as possible. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This nifty flying robot can hover, bank, and turn as deftly as a fruit fly," 13 Sep. 2018 This way will effectively capture adult fruit flies without chemicals, using a natural and safe method. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How You Get Rid of Fruit Flies," 28 Apr. 2017 Letting your fruits and veggies get overly ripe on your counter will allow fruit flies, ants, and other bugs to invade them. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Home pest control takes center stage," 31 Aug. 2019 Ed Cara at Gizmodo reports that to understand whether insects also experience this long-lasting version of pain, researchers damaged one leg in a group of fruit flies, an injury which can cause chronic nerve pain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Finds Insects Can Experience Chronic Pain," 17 July 2019 The fruit flies were identified and confirmed on June 28 and July 2. The Mercury News, "Invasive peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto," 10 July 2019 This insect — the fruit fly — sounded like just the right animal for the job. Quanta Magazine, "Biologists Search for New Model Organisms," 26 July 2016 The restaurant has been dealing with a fruit fly outbreak around the bar. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Asian trio on Las Olas — Etaru, Red Door and Sushi Shack," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fruit fly

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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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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