Chalcid fly
Chalcid fly Chal"cid fly` [From Gr. chalko`s copper; in allusion to its metallic colors.] (Zo["o]l.) One of a numerous family of hymenopterous insects ({Chalcidid[ae]}. Many are gallflies, others are parasitic on insects. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 fly — /ˈkælsəd flaɪ/ (say kalsuhd fluy) noun any of the Chalcidoidea, a superfamily of small hymenopterous insects, often of bright metallic colours, whose larvae are mostly parasitic on various stages of other insects. Also, chalcid. {New Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • chalcid — [kal′sid] n. 〚< ModL Chalcis (gen. Chalcidis), name of the type genus < Gr chalkos, copper: so named because of their metallic color〛 any of a large family (Chalcididae) of very small wasps, either four winged or wingless, many of whose larvae… …   Universalium

  • chalcid — [kal′sid] n. [< ModL Chalcis (gen. Chalcidis), name of the type genus < Gr chalkos, copper: so named because of their metallic color] any of a large family (Chalcididae) of very small wasps, either four winged or wingless, many of whose… …   English World 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

  • 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 — chal•cid [[t]ˈkæl sɪd[/t]] n. ent any of various tiny wasps of the family Chalcididae, many having larvae that are parasitic on pest insects Also called chal′cid fly , chal′cid wasp . Etymology: 1880–85; < NLChalcid , s. ofChalcisa genus <… …   From formal English to slang

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

  • apple-seed chalcid — noun : a chalcid fly (Torymus varians) whose larva feeds on the seed of the apple …   Useful english dictionary

  • clover seed chalcid — noun : a tiny dark chalcid fly (Bruchophagus platyptera) the larva of which feeds on the developing seeds of clovers and alfalfa and is in certain areas a major factor restricting production of clover seed …   Useful english dictionary

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