Chelonus

noun
Che·​lo·​nus | \ kəˈlōnəs \

Definition of Chelonus

: a genus of small ichneumon wasps (family Braconidae) parasitic on various lepidopterous larvae and introduced in many regions in attempts at biological control of plant-eating larvae

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History and Etymology for Chelonus

borrowed from New Latin, masculine noun formed on the basis of Greek chelṓnē “tortoise”; so named because the abdomen lacks segments, appearing to form a solid piece like a turtle’s shell

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“Chelonus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chelonus. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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