any of a genus (Drosophila, family Drosophilidae) of tiny fruit flies used in laboratory experiments in heredity because of their short life cycle, giant chromosomes, and great reproductive capacity
Origin of drosophilaModern Latin from Classical Greek drosos, dew + phila, feminine of philos, loving
Any of various small fruit flies of the genus Drosophila, especially D. melanogaster, used extensively in genetic research.
Origin of drosophilaNew Latin Drosophila genus name Greek drosos dew New Latin -phila feminine of -philus -phile
- Any fruit fly of the genus Drosophila
From the genus name Drosophila