any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which
are parasitic on caterpillars, beetles, and other insects.
Also called tach·i·nid.
< Neo-Latin Tachina
genus of flies, noun use of Greek tachinḗ,
feminine of tachinós
swift, equivalent to tach
) swift + -inē,
feminine of -inos -ine1