braconid

[ brak-uh-nid ]
/ ˈbræk ə nɪd /

noun

any of numerous wasps of the family Braconidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on aphids and on the larvae of moths, butterflies, beetles, etc.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the family Braconidae.

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Origin of braconid

1890–95; < New Latin Braconidae, equivalent to Bracon a genus (irregular < Greek brachýs short; see brachy-) + -idae -id2)
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Example sentences from the Web for braconid

  • He did not think them beautiful, yet they were, and the Braconid mother looked at them with great pride as she flew past.

    Dooryard Stories|Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The only truly happy people around were the Braconid children, who came out strong and active the next day.

    Dooryard Stories|Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • He had hardly struck it, however, when the Braconid was on his back.

    Dooryard Stories|Clara Dillingham Pierson