plural noun

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

Word History


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 27 May. 2024.

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