Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly in English:

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Mediterranean fruit fly

noun

A fruit fly whose larvae can be a serious pest of citrus and other fruits. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has spread to other regions including the US. Also called medfly.
  • Ceratitis capitata, family Tephritidae.
Example sentences
  • One of the most notorious agricultural pests is the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata.
  • To fight outbreaks of the Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly, states like California and Florida rely on shipments of millions of sexually sterile medflies reared in laboratories.
  • The Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata is a major pest of many important agricultural products.

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Syllabification: Med·i·ter·ra·ne·an fruit fly

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