syrphid fly
noun Etymology: New Latin Syrphidae, from Syrphus, genus of flies, from Greek syrphos gnat Date: circa 1891 hoverfly

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  • syrphid fly — noun see syrphus fly * * * any of numerous beelike or wasplike flies of the family Syrphidae that feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers and have larvae that feed on decaying vegetation or prey on aphids. Also, syrphus fly /serr feuhs/. Also… …   Useful english dictionary

  • syrphid fly — any of numerous beelike or wasplike flies of the family Syrphidae that feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers and have larvae that feed on decaying vegetation or prey on aphids. Also, syrphus fly /serr feuhs/. Also called flower fly. * * * …   Universalium

  • syrphid fly — syr′phid fly also syr′phus fly [[t]ˈsɜr fəs[/t]] n. ent any of numerous beelike or wasplike flies of the family Syrphidae that feed on nectar and pollen and have larvae that prey on aphids …   From formal English to slang

  • syrphid — /serr fid/, n. 1. See syrphid fly. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae. Also, syrphian /serr fee euhn/. [1890 95; < NL Syrphidae family name, equiv. to Syrph(us) a genus ( < Gk sýrphos gnat) + NL idae ID2] * * * …   Universalium

  • syrphid — syr•phid [[t]ˈsɜr fɪd[/t]] also syr•phi•an [[t] fi ən[/t]] n. 1) ent syrphid fly 2) ent belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae • Etymology: 1890–95; < NL Syrphidae family name < Gk sýrphos gnat …   From formal English to slang

  • Fly — For other uses, see fly (disambiguation) and flies (disambiguation). Fly Temporal range: Middle Triassic Recent 245–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • syrphid — I. ˈsərfə̇d adjective Etymology: New Latin Syrphidae : of or relating to the Syrphidae II. noun ( s) : a fly of the family Syrphidae : syrphus fly …   Useful english dictionary

  • syrphid — 1. adjective /sərfɪd/ Of or pertaining to flies of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae. Syn: syrphian 2. noun /sərfɪd/ A fly of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae. Syn: syrphian …   Wiktionary

  • syrphid — [ sə:fɪd] noun Entomology a fly of the hoverfly family (Syrphidae). Origin C19: from mod. L. Syrphidae, from the genus name Syrphus, from Gk surphos gnat …   English new terms dictionary

  • hover fly — ▪ insect also called  flower fly,  or  syrphid fly,         any member of a family that contains about 6,000 species of insects in the fly order, Diptera. Their various common names refer to the behaviour of hovering around flowers. Hover flies,… …   Universalium

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