One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the minute hymenopteran insects comprising the family Platygasteridae, which are parasitoids that lay their eggs within those of mealy bugs, moths, whiteflies, and especially gall midges.
Of or relating to the family Platygasteridae.
1920s; earliest use found in Quarterly Review of Biology. From scientific Latin Platygasteridae, family name from Platygaster, genus name + -idae.
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