Definition of fruit fly in English:

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noun

  • A small fly which feeds on fruit in both its adult and larval stages.
    • Families Drosophilidae and Tephritidae: many genera. See also drosophila
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    • To elucidate the cellular functions of NSF, we have chosen to use a genetic approach in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.
    • The first mutations of a single gene affecting the daily locomotion rhythm were found in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
    • Hox genes were discovered through the study of the fruit fly.

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