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chalcidfly

[kal-sid-flahy] /ˈkæl sɪdˌflaɪ/
noun, plural chalcidflies.
1.
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] /ˈkæl sɪd/ (Show IPA),
chalcid fly, chalcid wasp.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass (with allusion to the coloration) + -id2 + fly2
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British Dictionary definitions for chalcid fly

chalcid

/ˈkælsɪd/
noun
1.
any tiny hymenopterous insect of the family Chalcididae and related families, whose larvae are parasites of other insects
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen
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