plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from Cynip-, Cynips + -oidea

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“Cynipoidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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