chalcidfly

/kal"sid fluy'/, n., pl. 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.
[1890-95; < Gk 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, ↑chalcid, ↑chalcid wasp • Hypernyms: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalcid — 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, ↑chalcidfly, ↑chalcid wasp • Hypernyms: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalcid fly — 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: ↑chalcidfly, ↑chalcid, ↑chalcid wasp • Hypernyms: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalcid wasp — 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, ↑chalcidfly, ↑chalcid • Hypernyms: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chalcidae — noun an arthropod family including: chalcidflies • Syn: ↑Chalcididae, ↑family Chalcididae, ↑family Chalcidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Hymenoptera, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chalcididae — noun an arthropod family including: chalcidflies • Syn: ↑family Chalcididae, ↑Chalcidae, ↑family Chalcidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Hymenoptera, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • chalcis fly — noun a variety of chalcid fly • Hypernyms: ↑chalcid fly, ↑chalcidfly, ↑chalcid, ↑chalcid wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Chalcis, ↑genus Chalcis * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Chalcidae — noun an arthropod family including: chalcidflies • Syn: ↑Chalcididae, ↑family Chalcididae, ↑Chalcidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Hymenoptera, ↑orde …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Chalcididae — noun an arthropod family including: chalcidflies • Syn: ↑Chalcididae, ↑Chalcidae, ↑family Chalcidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Hymenoptera, ↑order Hy …   Useful english dictionary

  • hymenopter — noun insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing • Syn: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran, ↑hymenopteron • Hypernyms: ↑insect • Hyponyms: ↑bee, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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