plural noun
Chey·​let·​i·​dae | \ -ˈletəˌdē \

Definition of Cheyletidae

: a small family of minute chiefly ectoparasitic mites distinguished by a pair of immense palpi attached to an anterior beak that are usually ultimately beneficial because of feeding on debris and other ectoparasites of their bird or mammal hosts

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History and Etymology for Cheyletidae

New Latin, from Cheyletus, type genus + -idae

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“Cheyletidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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