Definition of stylops in English:

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stylops

Pronunciation: /ˈstīläps/

noun (plural same)

A minute insect that spends part or all of its life as an internal parasite of other insects, especially bees or wasps. The males are winged and the females typically retain a grublike form and remain parasitic.
  • Order Strepsiptera, in particular genus Stylops, family Stylopidae
Example sentences
  • Larval stages and female stylops of most families are internal parasites; adult males are free-living.
  • All species are fairly similar in appearance and a typical example of a male stylops is illustrated opposite.
  • The Strepsiptera, from the meaning of this name, may be called the twisted-wing parasites, though the words stylops and stylopid are frequently used in referring to them.

Derivatives

stylopid

Pronunciation: /-ləˌpid/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • How mature stylopids penetrate the intersegmental membranes of the host has not been described.
  • Male stylopids look a bit like beetles, but the females look like small grubs, with no eyes, antennae or legs.
  • Transferring onto such individuals as chance may permit, the stylopids finally arrive where larvae of the proper species are available and at once attack them.

Origin

Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek stulos 'column' + ōps 'eye, face'.

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