tach·​i·​nid | \ ˈta-kə-nəd How to pronounce tachinid (audio) , -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

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tachinid adjective

Examples of tachinid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Metallic tachinid fly Scientific name: Rhachoepalpus metallicus Distribution: Tropical South America Size: 12 to 15 mm (0.5 to 0.75 inches) long As its scientific name suggests, this fly has a striking, metallic blue sheen. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 How to call in an earwig predator The earwig's only insect predator in North America is the tachinid fly. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Control Earwigs In Your Garden—And Keep Them From Getting In Your House," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tachinid

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tachinid

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

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The first known use of tachinid was in 1888

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“Tachinid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachinid. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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