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tachina fly

[tak-uh-nuh]
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noun
  1. any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars, beetles, and other insects.

Origin of tachina fly

< New Latin Tachina genus of flies, noun use of Greek tachinḗ, feminine of tachinós swift, equivalent to tach(ýs) swift + -inē, feminine of -inos -ine1
Also called tach·i·nid.
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British Dictionary definitions for tachina fly

tachina fly

noun
  1. any bristly fly of the dipterous family Tachinidae, the larvae of which live parasitically in caterpillars, beetles, hymenopterans, and other insects

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin Tachina, from Greek takhinos swift, from takhos fleetness
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