sci·​a·​ra | \ ˈsīərə \

Definition of sciara

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Sciaridae) of minute and usually blackish fungus gnats typically with highly gregarious larvae that are often destructive to mushrooms and seedlings — see armyworm
2 plural -s : any insect of the genus Sciara

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History and Etymology for sciara

New Latin, from Greek skiaros shady, dark-colored, from skia shadow

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“Sciara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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