Dictionary.com

ichneumon fly

or ich·neu·mon·fly

[ ik-noo-muhn-flahy, ‐nyoo‐ ]
/ ɪkˈnu mənˌflaɪ, ‐ˈnyu‐ /
Save This Word!

noun
any of numerous wasplike insects of the family Ichneumonidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars and immature stages of other insects.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of ichneumon fly

First recorded in 1705–15

Words nearby ichneumon fly

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use ichneumon fly in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK