plural noun

: a large family of small, usually black or brown parasitoid hymenopterous insects that are related to the ichneumon wasps, have a relatively short abdomen, and are parasitic chiefly on the larvae of aphids, beetles, moths, and butterflies

Word History


New Latin, from Bracon, type genus (irregular from Greek brachys short) + -idae

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“Braconidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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