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Any of various small insects, such as a gall midge, a gall wasp, or certain flies in the family Tephritidae, whose larvae cause the formation of galls in plants.
n, pl -flies
(Animals) any of several small insects that produce galls in plant tissues, such as the gall wasp and gall midge
n., pl. -flies.
any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants, causing the formation of galls.
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|Noun||1.||gallfly - small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants|
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
|2.||gallfly - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plants|
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
|3.||gallfly - any of various insects that deposit their eggs in plants causing galls in which the larvae feed|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod