Definition of braconid in English:


Syllabification: brac·o·nid
Pronunciation: /ˈbrakənid


A small parasitic wasp of a family (Braconidae) that is related to that of 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, formed irregularly from Greek brakhus 'short'.

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