fruit fly

noun
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

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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First Known Use of fruit fly

circa 1753


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fruit fly

noun

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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