chal·​cid ˈkal-səd How to pronounce chalcid (audio)
: any of a superfamily (Chalcidoidea) of mostly minute wasps parasitic in the larval state on the larvae or pupae of other insects
chalcid adjective

Word History


ultimately from Greek chalkos copper, bronze

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chalcid was in 1853

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“Chalcid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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