Any of various beetles constituting the family Ripiphoridae (or Rhipiphoridae), which have relatively short elytra and branched antennae, and are phoretic parasitoids of other insects, especially bees and wasps.
Of or relating to the family Ripiphoridae (or Rhipiphoridae).
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Ripiphorus, genus name (L. Bosc 1792, in Jrnl. d'hist. nat 2 293; from ancient Greek ῥιπίς fan + scientific Latin -phorus) + -id, after Ripiphoridae, family name.