Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used extensively in genetic research.

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  • n. Any fruit fly of the genus Drosophila

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of flies, of the family Muscid├Ž, one species of which, Drosophila flava (the yellow turnip-leaf miner), is very destructive to turnips, the maggots eating into the pulp and producing whitish blisters on the upper side. D. cellaris attacks potatoes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying basic mechanisms of inheritance

Etymologies

New Latin Drosophila, genus name : Greek drosos, dew + New Latin -phila, feminine of -philus, -phile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name Drosophila (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Morgan and Plough, * for example, have discovered that when a certain fly, called the drosophila, is subjected to extremes of heat or cold, the offspring show an unusually strong tendency to differ from the parents.

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  • The drosophila is a type of fruit fly, a well-established genetic model.

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  • Check out the video of drosophila in the flight simulator.

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  • Maybe we can capitalize on Iranians 'respect and aptitude for research and medicine and apply some of the lessons of science's dear drosophila here.

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  • The drosophila (fruit fly) was chosen for this study because the insect's cellular processes are identical to those of humans.

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