syrphid(redirected from syrphids)
Related to syrphids: Syrphidae
Any of numerous flies of the family Syrphidae, most of which resemble bees or wasps in form and coloration. Adult syrphids feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers, and the larvae of many species feed on aphids. Also called flower fly, hover fly.
[From New Latin Syrphidae, family name, from Syrphus, type genus, from Greek surphos, gnat.]
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(Animals) any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, typically having a coloration mimicking that of certain bees and wasps: includes the hover flies
[C19: from Greek surphos gnat]
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also syr•phi•an(-fi ən)
1. syrphid fly.adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
[1890–95; < New Latin Syrphidae family name < Greek sýrphos gnat]
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