plural noun
Ag·​a·​on·​ti·​dae | \ ˌa-gā-ˈän-tə-ˌdē \

Definition of Agaontidae

: 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

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First Known Use of Agaontidae

circa 1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agaontidae

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

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The first known use of Agaontidae was circa 1947

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“Agaontidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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