Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A maker of tinware.
  • n. A dealer in tinware.
  • n. A master gene in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, whose absence causes the fly to develop without a heart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A manufacturer of tin vessels; a dealer in tinware.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A workman in tin-plate; a maker of tin vessels.
  • n. A dealer in tinware.

Etymologies

tin +‎ -man (Wiktionary)
In allusion to the character Tin Man from the Land of Oz, who lacked a heart. (Wiktionary)

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  • Interesting gene, but why didn't they call it conservativepolitician?

    June 1, 2012

  • Soo... I couldn't wait any longer so now I have a list of genes.

    I hope to find some good ones here, and FlyBase seems very, very comprehensive...

    May 31, 2012

  • If there isn't, there should be!

    May 31, 2012

  • Oh, I love genes with funny names. Is there perhaps a list somewhere?

    May 31, 2012

  • "A master gene in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, whose absence causes the fly to develop without a heart." --Wiktionary

    May 31, 2012