from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous flies of the family Syrphidae, many of which have a form or coloration mimicking that of bees or wasps. Adult syrphids feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers while the larvae of various species feed on plants and aphids. Also called syrphus fly.
- adj. Of or belonging to the syrphids.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to flies of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae.
- n. A fly of the genus Syrphus or the family Syrphidae.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Syrphidæ.
- n. A fly of the family Syrphidæ.
From New Latin Syrphidae, family name, from Syrphus, type genus, from Greek surphos, gnat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin Syrphidae (Wiktionary)