Definition of braconid in English:


Line breaks: brac|on¦id
Pronunciation: /ˈbrakənɪd


  • A small parasitic wasp of a family (Braconidae) which is related to the ichneumons. Unlike the latter, braconids lay numerous eggs in a single host.
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    • We used the braconid Asobara tabida, a parasitoid of Drosophila larvae, as our model species.
    • Because previous studies showed that the Braconidae has a particularly high A-content, we repeated this test for the Apocrita after removing the braconid.
    • The eggs hatch and the young braconids feed on the viscera of the hornworm until they pupate as shown in the photo.


late 19th century: from modern Latin Braconidae (plural), formed irregularly from Greek brakhus 'short'.

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