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syrphid

[sur-fid] /ˈsɜr fɪd/
noun
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
Also, syrphian
[sur-fee-uh n] /ˈsɜr fi ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of syrphid
1890-1895
1890-95; < New Latin Syrphidae family name, equivalent to Syrph(us) a genus (< Greek sýrphos gnat) + New Latin -idae -id2
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  • As types of the Brachystom we select the Leptid and syrphid.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The family of the syrphid includes three remarkable types, which we cannot pass over in silence.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • syrphid and other flies which mimic bees and wasps can readily be found on flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for syrphid

syrphid

/ˈsɜːfɪd/
noun
1.
any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, typically having a coloration mimicking that of certain bees and wasps: includes the hover flies
Word Origin
C19: from Greek surphos gnat
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