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 Muscidæ, 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.
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- n. small fruit fly used by Thomas Hunt Morgan in studying basic mechanisms of inheritance
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)