noun, plural chal·cid·flies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. chalcanthite,
  2. chalcedon,
  3. chalcedon, council of,
  4. chalcedony,
  5. chalcid,
  6. chalcidice,
  7. chalcidicum,
  8. chalcis,
  9. chalco-,
  10. chalcocite

Origin of chalcidfly

1890–95; < Greek chalk(ós) copper, brass (with allusion to the coloration) + -id2 + fly2

Also called chal·cid [kal-sid] /ˈkæl sɪd/, chalcid fly, chalcid wasp. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chalcid


chalcid fly


any tiny hymenopterous insect of the family Chalcididae and related families, whose larvae are parasites of other insects

Word Origin for chalcid

C19: from New Latin Chalcis type genus, from Greek khalkos copper, referring to its metallic sheen

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