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- n. A type of fruit fly capable of wreaking extensive damage, Ceratitis capitata.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small two-winged fly (Ceratitis capitata), a native of the Mediterranean countries but now widely distributed in warm regions, which can cause great damage to citrus and other succulent fruit crops when present in large numbers. It is black and white and irregularly banded. It lays eggs in ripening oranges, peaches, and other fruits; when the eggs hatch into larvae (maggots) inside the fruit, they cause the fruit to decay and fall, and make the fruit unsaleable. It is also popularly called the medfly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruit
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