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syrphid

[sur-fid]
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noun
  1. syrphid fly.
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adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Syrphidae.
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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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Historical Examples

  • As types of the Brachystom we select the Leptid and Syrphid.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

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

    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

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

C19: from Greek surphos gnat
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