chalcid fly

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
Hyponyms: ↑chalcis fly
Member Holonyms: ↑Chalcididae, ↑family Chalcididae, ↑Chalcidae, ↑family Chalcidae

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noun or chalcid wasp
: a usually minute insect of a large superfamily (Chalcidoidea) of Hymenoptera, a few being gall wasps or seed infesters but most being in their larval state parasitic on the eggs, larvae, or pupae of other insects, some living within and others upon the bodies of their hosts, feeding on their juices and tissues, and thus benefiting man by destroying many injurious insects — see clover seed chalcid

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chal|cid «KAL sihd», noun, or chalcid fly,
any one of a family of very small, four-winged insects whose larvae live as parasites on other insects.
[< New Latin Chalcides the genus name < Greek chalkós copper (from their color)]

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  • 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

  • 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… …  

  • 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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