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Any of numerous minute wasps of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, many of whose larvae are parasitoids of other insects.

[From New Latin Chalcis, type genus, from Greek khalkos, copper (from the wasp's metallic color).]


(ˈkælsɪd) or

chalcid fly

(Animals) any tiny hymenopterous insect of the family Chalcididae and related families, whose larvae are parasites of other insects
[C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen]


(ˈkæl sɪd)
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`.
[1880–85; < New Latin Chalcid-, s. of Chalcis a genus < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chalcid - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insectschalcid - any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
Chalcidae, Chalcididae, family Chalcidae, family Chalcididae - an arthropod family including: chalcidflies
chalcis fly - a variety of chalcid fly
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