Definition of stylops in English:


Syllabification: sty·lops
Pronunciation: /ˈstīˌläps

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
    More 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.



Pronunciation: /-ləˌpid/
noun & adjective
More 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.


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

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