plural noun
Gel·​e·​chi·​idae | \ ˌjeləˈkīəˌdē \

Definition of Gelechiidae

: a large family of small moths having slender wings with the outer margin of the hind wing usually concave and including important economic insects (as the pink bollworm, the Angoumois grain moth, and various leaf rollers)

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History and Etymology for Gelechiidae

New Latin, from Gelechia, type genus (from Greek gēlechēs sleeping on the earth + New Latin -ia) + -idae

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“Gelechiidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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