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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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In the ethmoidal region, the nasal capsule of the Mabuya is broad, very developed, and similar to others lizards such as the scincids Chalcides ocellatus, Eutropis carinata (= Mabuya carinata), Plestiodon fasciauts (= Eumeces quinquelineatus), Trachylepis capensis (= Mabuya capensis), Lygosoma, the lacertids Lacerta vivipara, and Acanthodactylus boskiana, the anguid Anguis fragilis, and the gimnophthalmid Ptychoglossus bicolor (Rice 1920; Pearson 1921; Rao & Ramaswami 1952; El Toubi & Kamal 1961; Skinner 1973; Bellaris & Kamal 1981; Hernandez et al.
The thyroid gland has been the subject of much research in different reptilian species, such as the characterization of seasonal changes in thyroid gland morphology in Chalcides ocellatus (VIRGILIO et al., 2004) and changes in normal thyroid morphology in Alligator mississippiensis exposed to environmental contaminants (HEWITT et al., 2002).
Chemical access to the vomeronasal organs of the lizard Chalcides ocellatus.
Gastrointestinal Helminthes of the Lizard, Chalcides ocellatus, from Benghazi, Libya.
The photo illustrating the ocellated skink Chalcides ocellatus (p.