plural noun

: a large family of small hymenopterous insects (superfamily Cynipoidea) comprising the gall wasps most of which produce galls on plants (such as oaks and rosebushes) in which their larvae develop see cynips

Word History


New Latin, from Cynip-, Cynips, type genus + -idae

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“Cynipidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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