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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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