Encyrtidae

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

Definition of Encyrtidae

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

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History and Etymology for Encyrtidae

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

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“Encyrtidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Encyrtidae. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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