plural noun

: a family of small chiefly tropical chalcid wasps having the fore and hind pairs of legs heavier than the middle pair and the male usually wingless see fig wasp

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Agaont-, Agaon, a genus of fig wasps (derivative of supposed Greek agáos "admirable," invented on the basis of Greek aga-, intensifying prefix, ágē "wonder, amazement") + -idae -idae

First Known Use

circa 1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agaontidae was circa 1947

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“Agaontidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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