ichneumon fly

or ich·neu·mon·fly

[ ik-noo-muhn-flahy, ‐nyoo‐ ]
/ ɪkˈnu mənˌflaɪ, ‐ˈnyu‐ /

noun

any of numerous wasplike insects of the family Ichneumonidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars and immature stages of other insects.

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Origin of ichneumon fly

First recorded in 1705–15

Words nearby ichneumon fly

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British Dictionary definitions for ichneumon fly

ichneumon fly

ichneumon wasp


noun

any hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidae, whose larvae are parasitic in caterpillars and other insect larvae
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