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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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chalcidfly

noun
any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects [syn: chalcid fly
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