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[kal-sid-flahy] /ˈkæl sɪdˌflaɪ/
noun, plural chalcidflies.
any of numerous small flies of the family Chalcididae, often having bright metallic coloration, the larvae of which are chiefly parasitic on various stages of other insects.
Also called chalcid
[kal-sid] /ˈkæl sɪd/ (Show IPA),
chalcid fly, chalcid wasp.
Origin of chalcidfly
1890-95; < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass (with allusion to the coloration) + -id2 + fly2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chalcid
Historical Examples
  • The ears are distinct, whereas in the chalcid they are hidden under the skin.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • One is likely to get hundreds of these chalcid flies from a single caterpillar.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed
  • These are much larger than the chalcid flies and are called Ichneumon flies.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed
  • In some cases the pupa was being devoured by the minute larv of a chalcid fly, and in one cell only the dried skin remained.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Parapsidal grooves: the grooves or furrows on each side of the chalcid scutellum, defining the parapsidae.

British Dictionary definitions for chalcid


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