plural noun
Aph·​e·​lin·​i·​dae | \ ˌafəˈlinəˌdē \

Definition of Aphelinidae

: a family of small narrow-winged hymenopterous flies closely related to the chalcid flies and parasitic as larvae on plant lice and scales

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History and Etymology for Aphelinidae

New Latin, from Aphelinus, type genus + -idae

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“Aphelinidae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aphelinidae. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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