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


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

New Latin Drosophila, genus name : Greek drosos, dew + New Latin -phila, feminine of -philus, -phile.

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From the genus name Drosophila


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