plural noun
As·​ca·​laph·​i·​dae | \ ˌaskəˈlafəˌdē \

Definition of Ascalaphidae

: a family of rather large nocturnal insects (order Neuroptera) superficially resembling dragonflies but having long club-tipped antennae

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History and Etymology for Ascalaphidae

New Latin, from Ascalaphus, type genus (from Greek askalaphos, a kind of owl) + -idae

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“Ascalaphidae.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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