plural noun

: a family of rather large usually slender two-winged flies with strong legs and wings and the proboscis a hardened beak used for sucking the body fluids of other insects which they capture on the wing compare robber fly

Word History


New Latin, from Asilus, type genus + -idae

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“Asilidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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