noun (plural medflies)chiefly North American
Another term for Mediterranean fruit fly.
- The Mediterranean fruit fly, commonly called the medfly, is one of the world's most destructive agricultural pests.
- The medfly and the melon fly both arrived in the late 1800s; the oriental fruit fly came in 1945; and the Malaysian fruit fly is the newcomer, first being found in Hawaii in 1983.
- A young wasp grows inside the medfly, eventually killing it.
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