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tachina fly

[ tak-uh-nuh ]
/ ˈtæk ə nə /
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noun

any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars, beetles, and other insects.

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Also called tach·i·nid.

Origin of tachina fly

<New Latin Tachina genus of flies, noun use of Greek tachinḗ, feminine of tachinós swift, equivalent to tach(ýs) swift + -inē, feminine of -inos-ine1
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tachina fly
/ (ˈtækɪnə) /

noun

any bristly fly of the dipterous family Tachinidae, the larvae of which live parasitically in caterpillars, beetles, hymenopterans, and other insects

Word Origin for tachina fly

C19: via New Latin Tachina, from Greek takhinos swift, from takhos fleetness
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