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See also: idae and idä


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Plural of a Latin transliteration of Ancient Greek -? (-íd?s), a patronymic suffix. Known to have been interpreted by some as representing instead the plural of a Latin transliteration of Ancient Greek - (-eid?s, adjectival suffix), from (eîdos, "appearance, resemblance").

Proposed in 1811 by William Kirby, a British entomologist, to simplify and make uniform the system of Pierre André Latreille which divided insect orders into sections. See more on Resource: Family (biology) § History.


-idae pl

  1. (taxonomy) Used to form names of subclasses of plants.
  2. (taxonomy) Used to form names of families of animals.

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See also


  • Judith E. Winston. 1999. Describing Species. Columbia University Press
  • Mayr, E., E. G. Linsley, and R. L. Usinger. 1953. Methods and Principles of Systematic. Zoology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Savory, T. 1962. Naming the Living World. New York: Wiley.
  • William Kirby. 1815. Strepsiptera, a new order of insects proposed; and the characters of the order, with those of its genera, laid down. The Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 11: 86-123, pls. 8-9. [read March 19, 1811.], page 88 [1]
  • Phillip Henry Gosse, 1863. "The Blue Cyanæa." The Intellectual Observer 4: 149-156, page 153

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