Definition of chalcid in English:


(also chalcid wasp)


  • A minute metallic-coloured parasitic wasp of a large group whose members lay eggs inside the eggs of other insects.

    • ‘We identified a high level of mortality to stem beetles due to the attack of the chalcid.’
    • ‘It features unique footage of one of the world's smallest insects, a chalcid wasp known as a fairyfly.’
    • ‘All species analyzed in this study are organized according to current chalcid taxonomy.’
    • ‘The chalcid wasps that develop in fig tree inflorescences have often been used to study alternative reproductive behaviors.’


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Chalcis (genus name), from Greek khalkos copper, brass, + -id.