any of a large family (Chalcididae) of very small wasps, either four-winged or wingless, many of whose larvae live as parasites in the eggs, larvae, or pupae of other insects
also chalcid fly (or wasp)
Origin of chalcidfrom Modern Latin Chalcis (gen. Chalcidis), name of the type genus from Classical Greek chalkos, copper: so named because of their metallic color
of these insects
Any of numerous minute wasps of the superfamily Chalcidoidea, many of whose larvae are parasitoids of other insects.
Origin of chalcidFrom New Latin Chalcis type genus from Greek khalkos copper (from the wasp's metallic color)