Perilampidae

plural noun Peri·lampidae \ˌperəˈlampəˌdē\

Definition of Perilampidae

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

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of perilampidae

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Perilampidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!