Meaning of “fruit fly” in the English Dictionary

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"fruit fly" in British English

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fruit flynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfruːt ˌflaɪ/ us /ˈfruːt ˌflaɪ/

Examples from literature

  • I use fruit flies because of their extreme adaptability. 
  • In late summer and autumn many specimens of a small fruit fly, known as the "vinegar fly," make their appearance, attracted by the odor of overripe fruit. 
  • One mixture which we use is a mixture which is normally used against the fruit flies which are oftentimes injurious to fruit, particularly in the east and in tropical countries. 
  • Professor Morgan, for example, has found a strain of fruit flies whose offspring in cold weather are usually born with supernumerary legs. 
  • The fact is, I am working with fruit flies. 

(Definition of “fruit fly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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