fruit fly

noun

: 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 Staying well within these ranges discourages pests from breeding and significantly reduces the likelihood of a fruit fly recurrence. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 14 May 2024 The most recent paper the family found was in fruit flies. Jason Mast, STAT, 13 May 2024 In 2020, the Google team mapped 25,000 neurons in part of a fruit fly brain. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2024 During another federal monitor inspection, visitors found unsanitary conditions including live roaches, ants, water bugs, fruit flies, gnats, and mouse droppings. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 Currently, the experiment only works with these laboratory fruit flies, which are the sole species that can be genetically modified to image muscles simultaneously. IEEE Spectrum, 6 May 2024 Several restaurants had one or more follow-up inspections and fruit flies and gnats were observed in the latest Plano inspections of businesses and other locations that serve food, according to city data. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 Scientists began by examining the gene expression in individual cells from model organisms like fruit flies and mice. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 But last month, employees stripped dozens of them and placed them at the rear of the lot, away from the public, as part of an all-out quarantine effort aimed at eradicating one of the most destructive pests in the world: the Mediterranean fruit fly. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

fruit fly

noun
: any of various small two-winged flies whose larvae feed on fruit or decaying vegetable matter

Medical Definition

fruit fly

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

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