fruit fly

any of numerous small dipterous insects of the family Tephritidae, the larvae of which feed on the fruit of various plants.

1745–55 Unabridged
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fruit fly
1.  See also gallfly any small dipterous fly of the family Trypetidae, which feed on and lay their eggs in plant tissues
2.  See drosophila any dipterous fly of the genus Drosophila

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Example sentences
Researchers have compared it with that of other insects, including the fruit
  fly and the mosquito.
Now, fruit fly researchers have a similar bonanza on their hands.
For a fruit fly, these seem to be the smells that make the differences between
  striking lucky and getting rejected.
When he transferred it into a fruit fly, he managed to trigger the development
  of eyes on odd body parts.
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