plural noun

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

Word History


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 19 Apr. 2024.

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