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medfly

or Medfly

[med-flahy] /ˈmɛdˌflaɪ/
noun, plural medflies.
Origin of medfly
1930-1935
1930-35; by shortening

Mediterranean fruit fly

noun
1.
a small, black and white, irregularly banded two-winged fly, Ceratitis capitata, of many warm regions, that damages citrus and other succulent fruit crops by implanting eggs that hatch into maggots within the fruit.
Also called medfly, Medfly.
Origin
1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for medfly

medfly

/ˈmɛdˌflaɪ/
noun (pl) -fly, -flies
1.
another name for Mediterranean fruit fly

Mediterranean fruit fly

noun
1.
a species of dipterous fly, Ceratitis capitata, having marbled wings, whose maggots tunnel into fruits such as citrus, peach, and vine in the Mediterranean area, South Africa, and elsewhere: family Trypetidae Also called medfly
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Related Abbreviations for medfly

medfly

Mediterranean fruit fly
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