plural noun
Pter·​o·​mal·​i·​dae | \ ˌterəˈmaləˌdē \

Definition of Pteromalidae

: a large family of chalcid flies having larvae that are parasitic on the larvae of other insects (as of the orders Lepidoptera and Coleoptera) and some that are hyperparasites

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History and Etymology for Pteromalidae

New Latin, from Pteromalus, type genus (from pter- + Greek homalos even, level) + -idae; akin to Greek homos same

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“Pteromalidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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