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tachinid

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noun tach·i·nid \ˈta-kə-nəd, -ˌnid\

Definition of tachinid

  1. :  any of a family (Tachinidae) of bristly usually grayish or black dipteran flies whose parasitic larvae are often used in the biological control of insect pests

tachinid adjective


Origin of tachinid

New Latin Tachinidae, from Tachina, genus of flies, from Greek tachinos fleet, from tachys swift


First Known Use: 1888


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