plural noun

Definition of Platypezidae

: a small family of two-winged flies having larvae that breed in fungi and adults that often fly in swarms — see smoke fly

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History and Etymology for Platypezidae

New Latin, from Platypeza, type genus (from platy- + Greek peza foot, lower part of a body) + -idae; akin to Sanskrit padya of the foot, Latin ped-, pes foot

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“Platypezidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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