drosophilae

drosophila

[droh-sof-uh-luh, druh-]
noun, plural drosophilas, drosophilae [droh-sof-uh-lee, druh-] .
a fly of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used in laboratory studies of genetics and development.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin < Greek dróso(s) dew + Neo-Latin -phila < Greek -philē, feminine of -philos -phile

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drosophila (drɒˈsɒfɪlə)
 
n , pl -las, -lae
fruit fly, Also called: vinegar fly any small dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila, esp D. melanogaster, a species widely used in laboratory genetics studies: family Drosophilidae. They feed on plant sap, decaying fruit, etc
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek drosos dew, water + -phila; see -phile]

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drosophila   (drō-sŏf'ə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, one species of which (D. melanogaster) is used extensively in genetic research to study patterns of inheritance and the functions of genes.
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