Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly in English:

Mediterranean fruit fly

Line breaks: Medi|ter¦ra|nean fruit fly

noun

  • A fruit fly whose larvae can be a serious pest of citrus and other fruits. Also called medfly, chiefly in North America.
    • Ceratitis capitata, family Tephritidae
    More 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.

More definitions of Mediterranean fruit fly

Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day razz
Pronunciation: raz
verb
tease (someone) playfully