plural noun
Be·​thyl·​i·​dae | \ bə-ˈthi-lə-ˌdē \

Definition of Bethylidae

: a family of small wasps the females of which oviposit on other insects that they sting and paralyze

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History and Etymology for Bethylidae

New Latin, from Bethylus, type genus (from Greek bēthylos, a kind of bird) + -idae

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“Bethylidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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