plural noun
Ta·​chin·​i·​dae | \ taˈkinəˌdē, təˈk- \

Definition of Tachinidae

: a large family of specialized two-winged flies that have bare aristae, are active flyers, and produce larvae which are parasitic in caterpillars and other insects and are important factors in the natural control of various noxious insects — see tachina fly

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History and Etymology for Tachinidae

New Latin, from Tachina, type genus (from Greek tachinos swift, fleet, from tachos speed + -inos -ine) + -idae

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“Tachinidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tachinidae. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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