tachina fly



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

Nearby words

  1. tache noir,
  2. tacheo-,
  3. tacheometer,
  4. tacheometry,
  5. tachetic,
  6. tachiol,
  7. tachism,
  8. tachisme,
  9. tachistoscope,
  10. tacho-

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

Also called tach·i·nid.

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British Dictionary definitions for tachina fly

tachina fly


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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