plural noun

: a small family of Hymenoptera comprising insects that are mostly secondary parasites on other insects (as of the orders Diptera and Hymenoptera)

Word History


New Latin, from Perilampus, type genus (from Greek perilampein to shine around, from peri- + lampein to give light, shine) + -idae

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“Perilampidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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