from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several bristly, usually grayish dipterous flies of the family Tachinidae, the larvae of which are parasitic on caterpillars and other insects. Also called tachinid.

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  • n. bristly fly whose larvae live parasitically in caterpillars and other insects; important in control of noxious insects


New Latin Tachina, type genus, from Greek takhinē, feminine of takhinos, swift, from takhos, speed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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