from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology, a large family of pupivorous spiculiferous hymenopterous insects, typified by the genus Chalcis, composed mainly of minute species most of which are parasitic on the larvæ or eggs of other insects.
  • In herpetology, a family of lizards, typified by the genus Chalcides, to which different limits have been assigned.


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