from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various minute wasps of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, many of whose larvae parasitize the larvae of other insects.
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- n. Any of many small wasps, of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, having parasitic larvae
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as chalcidian and chalcidian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various tiny insects whose larvae are parasites on eggs and larvae of other insects; many are beneficial in destroying injurious insects
From New Latin Chalcis, type genus, from Greek khalkos, copper (from the wasp's metallic color).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)