Definition of frit fly in English:

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frit fly

Pronunciation: /ˈfrit ˌflī/

noun

A very small black fly whose larvae are a serious pest of cereal crops and golf-course turf.
  • Oscinella frit, family Chloropidae.
Example sentences
  • In established grasses the normal result of frit fly attack is the loss of tillers which can be replaced.
  • Adult frit flies are black with small yellow markings on the legs.
  • Injuries caused by frit fly larvae were satisfactorily controlled with insecticides applied as a seed dressing.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin frit 'particle on an ear of grain'.

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Syllabification: frit fly

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