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Treated as plural. A group of dipteran flies comprising bloodsucking parasites of mammals and birds which produce fully-developed young which immediately pupariate; insects of this group (collectively or individually).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From scientific Latin Pupipara, plural noun, use as noun of neuter plural of pupiparus bringing forth pupae. Compare French pupipares, plural noun.
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