plural noun

: a family of hairy-bodied often brightly colored two-winged flies many of which resemble bees and are called bee flies

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Bombylius (Linnaeus), a genus (from Greek bombyliós, bombýlios "buzzing insect, bumblebee," from bómbos "booming sound, buzz, hum" + -ylios, noun suffix) + -idae -idae

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“Bombyliidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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