noun, plural chal·cid·flies.
  1. 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.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for chalcid

Historical Examples of chalcid

  • 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.

  • These are much larger than the Chalcid flies and are called Ichneumon flies.

  • 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


chalcid fly

  1. 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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