Cheyletidae

plural noun

Chey·​let·​i·​dae
-ˈletəˌdē
: 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

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Cheyletus, type genus + -idae

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“Cheyletidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cheyletidae. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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