Anthomyiidae

plural noun

An·​tho·​my·​ii·​dae
: a large family of two-winged flies closely related to the houseflies but usually distinguished by a bristly abdomen and bristleless pleura and including a number of species of economic importance because of their plant-eating larvae (as the onion maggot, wheat bulb fly, and cabbage maggot)

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Anthomyia, type genus (from anth- entry 1 + -myia) + -idae

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“Anthomyiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anthomyiidae. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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