plural noun

: a large family of small dark-colored two-winged flies that usually lack bristles, live in moist places, and have cylindrical larvae having mouth hooks and living in fresh or salt water or occasionally in plants see brine fly

Word History


New Latin, from Ephydra, type genus (from Greek ephydrē, feminine of ephydros living on the water, from epi- + -hydros, from hydōr water) + -idae

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“Ephydridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ephydridae. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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