Encyrtidae

plural noun

En·​cyr·​ti·​dae
ə̇nˈsərtəˌdē,
en-
: a large cosmopolitan family of small chalcid wasps parasitic in the eggs or later stages of many insects

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Word History

Etymology

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 Oct. 2022.

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