plural noun En·cyr·ti·dae \ə̇nˈsərtəˌdē, en-\

Definition of Encyrtidae

  1. :  a large cosmopolitan family of small chalcid wasps parasitic in the eggs or later stages of many insects

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Origin and Etymology of encyrtidae

New Latin, from Encyrtus, type genus (from Greek enkyrtos curved, crooked, from en in + kyrtos convex, bulging) + -idae; akin to Latin curvus curved — more at in, crown

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