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syrphid

[ sur-fid ]
/ ˈsɜr fɪd /
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noun
adjective
belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
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Also syr·phi·an [sur-fee-uhn]. /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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How to use syrphid in a sentence

  • The family of the Syrphid includes three remarkable types, which we cannot pass over in silence.

    The Insect World|Louis Figuier
  • This is a very bright-colored syrphid fly often seen soaring in shadowy places, but what he is doing we do not know.

    Book of Monsters|David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • As types of the Brachystom we select the Leptid and Syrphid.

    The Insect World|Louis Figuier
  • Syrphid and other flies which mimic bees and wasps can readily be found on flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for syrphid

syrphid
/ (ˈsɜːfɪd) /

noun
any dipterous fly of the family Syrphidae, typically having a coloration mimicking that of certain bees and wasps: includes the hover flies

Word Origin for syrphid

C19: from Greek surphos gnat
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