chalcid
noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek chalkos copper, bronze Date: 1893 any of a large superfamily (Chalcidoidea) of mostly minute wasps parasitic in the larval state on the larvae or pupae of other insects • chalcid adjective

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  • 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 — 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 — noun Any of many small wasps, of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, having parasitic larvae …   Wiktionary

  • CHALCID — Chalcidenorum, Chalcidensi …   Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions

  • chalcid — [ kalsɪd] noun Entomology a minute parasitic wasp of a large group (superfamily Chalcidoidea) typically having a metallic coloration. Origin C19: from mod. L. Chalcis (genus name), from Gk khalkos copper, brass , + id3 …   English new terms dictionary

  • chalcid — chal·cid …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Chalcid wasp — Pteromalus puparum Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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