Definition of tiphia
1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Tiphiidae) of shining black wasps that includes a species (T. vernalis) of larval parasites of the Japanese beetle
2 plural -s : any wasp of the genus Tiphia
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Origin and Etymology of tiphia
New Latin, from Greek tiphē beetle + New Latin -ia
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