Trypetidae

plural noun

Try·​pet·​i·​dae
-pətəˌdē
: a family of acalyptrate muscoid flies having a piercing ovipositor and having the wings usually banded or spotted that includes a number of important pests of various fruits (as the Mediterranean fruit fly)

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Trypeta, type genus (from Greek trypētēs borer, from trypan to bore) + -idae

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“Trypetidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Trypetidae. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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