- belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
Also syr·phi·an [sur-fee-uh n] /ˈsɜr fi ən/.
Origin of syrphid
1890–95; < New Latin Syrphidae family name, equivalent to Syrph(us) a genus (< Greek sýrphos gnat) + New Latin -idae -id2
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Examples from the Web for syrphid
As types of the Brachystom we select the Leptid and Syrphid.
The family of the Syrphid includes three remarkable types, which we cannot pass over in silence.
Syrphid and other flies which mimic bees and wasps can readily be found on flowers.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
- any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, typically having a coloration mimicking that of certain bees and wasps: includes the hover flies
C19: from Greek surphos gnat
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