chalcid fly

chalcidfly

[kal-sid-flahy]
noun, plural chalcidflies.
any of numerous small flies of the family Chalcididae, often having bright metallic coloration, the larvae of which are chiefly parasitic on various stages of other insects.
Also called chalcid [kal-sid] , chalcid fly, chalcid wasp.


Origin:
1890–95; < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass (with allusion to the coloration) + -id2 + fly2

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chalcid or chalcid fly (ˈkælsɪd)
 
n
any tiny hymenopterous insect of the family Chalcididae and related families, whose larvae are parasites of other insects
 
[C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen]
 
chalcid fly or chalcid fly
 
n
 
[C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen]

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