tachinid

noun tach·i·nid \ ˈta-kə-nəd , -ˌnid \

Definition of tachinid

: any of a family (Tachinidae) of bristly usually grayish or black dipteran flies whose parasitic larvae are often used in the biological control of insect pests

tachinid

adjective

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Origin and Etymology of tachinid

New Latin Tachinidae, from Tachina, genus of flies, from Greek tachinos fleet, from tachys swift


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