plural noun

Definition of Cynipoidea

: a superfamily of hymenopterous insects (suborder Clistogastra) that are distinguished by greatly reduced wing venation and a coiled retractile ovipositor and that include the gall wasps and several families of parasites of other insects — see cynipidae

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History and Etymology for Cynipoidea

New Latin, from Cynip-, Cynips + -oidea

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“Cynipoidea.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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