[ juh-lek-ee-id ]

  1. any of numerous small moths of the family Gelechiidae, including many crop pests, as the Angoumois grain moth and potato tuberworm.

  1. belonging or pertaining to the gelechiids.

Origin of gelechiid

<New Latin Gelechiidae name of the family, equivalent to Gelechi(a) name of the genus (<Greek gēlechḗs sleeping on earth; see -ia) + -idae-id2

Words Nearby gelechiid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gelechiid in a sentence

  • The next family—gelechiid—is represented by the species Nervosa, which is common in many localities.

    Butterflies and Moths | William S. Furneaux