Definition of chalcid in English:


Line breaks: chal|cid
Pronunciation: /ˈkalsɪd
(also chalcid wasp)


A minute metallic-coloured parasitic wasp of a large group whose members lay eggs inside the eggs of other insects.
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  • It features unique footage of one of the world's smallest insects, a chalcid wasp known as a fairyfly.
  • We identified a high level of mortality to stem beetles due to the attack of the chalcid.
  • All species analyzed in this study are organized according to current chalcid taxonomy.


late 19th century: from modern Latin Chalcis (genus name), from Greek khalkos 'copper, brass', + -id3.

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