ichneumon fly
noun see ichneumon wasp

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  • Ichneumon fly — Ichneumon Ich*neu mon, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, lit., the tracker; so called because it hunts out the eggs of the crocodile, fr. ? to track or hunt after, fr. i chnos track, footstep.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the genus {Herpestes}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ichneumon fly — n. any of a large family (Ichneumonidae) of hymenopteran insects whose larvae live as parasites in or on other insect larvae: also ichneumon wasp …   English World dictionary

  • ichneumon fly — noun hymenopterous insect that resembles a wasp and whose larvae are parasitic on caterpillars and other insect larvae • Hypernyms: ↑hymenopterous insect, ↑hymenopteran, ↑hymenopteron, ↑hymenopter • Member Holonyms: ↑Ichneumonidae, ↑family… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ichneumon fly — noun (inaccurately named) ichneumon wasp …   Wiktionary

  • ichneumon fly — ichneu′mon fly n. ent any of numerous wasplike insects of the family Ichneumonidae, the larvae of which are parasites of the larvae and pupae of many insects, esp. moths and butterflies • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • ichneumon fly — any of numerous wasplike insects of the family Ichneumonidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars and immature stages of other insects. Also, ichneumonfly. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • ichneumon fly — n. long and thin insect related to and resembles a wasp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ichneumon fly — noun (C) an insect that lays eggs on or inside the larva of another insect …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ichneumon fly — /ɪkˈnjumən flaɪ/ (say ik nyoohmuhn fluy) noun any insect belonging to the large hymenopterous family Ichneumonidae, whose larvae are parasites and destroy caterpillars and other larvae …   Australian English dictionary

  • ichneumon — [ik no͞o′mən, iknyo͞o′mən] n. [L < Gr ichneumōn, ichneumon, lit., tracker < ichneuein, to track out, hunt after < ichnos, a track, footprint (from its supposed practice of locating and destroying crocodile eggs)] 1. the Egyptian mongoose …   English World dictionary

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