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