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Fruit fly may refer to several organisms:

fruit fly n : any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits [syn: {pomace fly}]

Fruit \Fruit\, n. [OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, v. t. See {Brook}, v. t., and cf. {Fructify}, {Frugal}.] 1. Whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; -- commonly used in the plural. [1913 Webster] Six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof. --Ex. xxiii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. (Hort.) The pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it. [1913 Webster] Note: Fruits are classified as fleshy, drupaceous, and dry. {Fleshy fruits} include berries, gourds, and melons, orangelike fruits and pomes; {drupaceous fruits} are stony within and fleshy without, as peaches, plums, and cherries; and {dry fruits} are further divided into {achenes}, {follicles}, {legumes}, {capsules}, {nuts}, and several other kinds. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) The spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them. [1913 Webster] 6. The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body. [1913 Webster] King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. That which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance. [1913 Webster] The fruit of rashness. --Shak. [1913 Webster] What I obtained was the fruit of no bargain. --Burke. [1913 Webster] They shall eat the fruit of their doings. --Is. iii 10. [1913 Webster] The fruits of this education became visible. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Note: Fruit is frequently used adjectively, signifying of, for, or pertaining to a fruit or fruits; as, fruit bud; fruit frame; fruit jar; fruit knife; fruit loft; fruit show; fruit stall; fruit tree; etc. [1913 Webster] {Fruit bat} (Zo["o]l.), one of the Frugivora; -- called also {fruit-eating bat}. {Fruit bud} (Bot.), a bud that produces fruit; -- in most oplants the same as the power bud. {Fruit dot} (Bot.), a collection of fruit cases, as in ferns. See {Sorus}. {Fruit fly} (Zo["o]l.), a small dipterous insect of the genus {Drosophila}, which lives in fruit, in the larval state. There are seveal species, some of which are very damaging to fruit crops. One species, {Drosophila melanogaster}, has been intensively studied as a model species for genetic reserach. {Fruit jar}, a jar for holding preserved fruit, usually made of glass or earthenware. {Fruit pigeon} (Zo["o]l.), one of numerous species of pigeons of the family {Carpophagid[ae]}, inhabiting India, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They feed largely upon fruit. and are noted for their beautiful colors. {Fruit sugar} (Chem.), a kind of sugar occurring, naturally formed, in many ripe fruits, and in honey; levulose. The name is also, though rarely, applied to {invert sugar}, or to the natural mixture or dextrose and levulose resembling it, and found in fruits and honey. {Fruit tree} (Hort.), a tree cultivated for its edible fruit. {Fruit worm} (Zo["o]l.), one of numerous species of insect larv[ae]: which live in the interior of fruit. They are mostly small species of Lepidoptera and Diptera. {Small fruits} (Hort.), currants, raspberries, strawberries, etc. [1913 Webster]


A gnat () is any of many species of tiny flying insects in the Dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae.

gnat n 1: any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies 2: British usage

GNAT GNU Ada Translator (GNU)

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "gnat": crumb, dot, drop, droplet, fleck, flyspeck, grain, iota, jot, microbe, microorganism, midge, minim, minutia, minutiae, mite, mote, particle, pinhead, pinpoint, point, scrap, snip, snippet, speck, tittle, vanishing point

Gnat \Gnat\, n. [AS. gn[ae]t.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus {Culex}, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See {Mosquito}. [1913 Webster] 2. Any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in America, a small biting fly of the genus {Simulium} and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc. [1913 Webster] {Gnat catcher} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of small American singing birds, of the genus {Polioptila}, allied to the kinglets. {Gnat flower}, the bee flower. {Gnat hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the European goatsucker; -- called also {gnat owl}. {Gnat snapper} (Zo["o]l.), a bird that catches gnats. {Gnat strainer}, a person ostentatiously punctilious about trifles. Cf. --Matt. xxiii. 24. [1913 Webster]

Gnat An {Ada} {compiler} written in {Ada} using the {gcc} {code generator} to allow easy {porting} to a variety of {platforms}. Gnat is the only Ada compiler that completely implements the Ada standard, including all the annexes. The compiler is released under the {GNU} license and is currently maintained by {Ada Core Technologies} (ACT). {Home (http://www.gnat.com/)}. (1999-06-24)

Gnat only in Matt. 23:24, a small two-winged stinging fly of the genus Culex, which includes mosquitoes. Our Lord alludes here to the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common use, "who strain out the gnat;" the words in the Authorized Version, "strain at a gnat," being a mere typographical error, which has been corrected in the Revised Version. The custom of filtering wine for this purpose was common among the Jews. It was founded on Lev. 11:23. It is supposed that the "lice," Ex. 8:16 (marg. R.V., "sand-flies"), were a species of gnat.

Data Sources:

  • fruit-fly: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • fruit-fly: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gnat: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gnat: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • gnat: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • gnat: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gnat: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • gnat: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

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