- 1A small two-winged fly that is often seen in swarms near water or marshy areas where it breeds.
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- The families Chironomidae (the nonbiting midges), and Ceratopogonidae (see biting midge): numerous species
- Included among the invertebrates are moth flies, wood gnats, midges, punkies, mosquitoes, marsh beetles, and beelike or wasplike syrphid flies.
- Despite balmy temperatures, you'll need to pack pants, long-sleeved shirts, and, yes, even socks, to fend off the hordes of biting sand fleas and midges on the Tuichi River.
- A new era of chromosome research began with the detection of giant chromosomes in tissues of Dipteran insects, the midges Bibio and Chironomus, and the fruit fly Drosophila.
- 1.1 [with modifier] Any of a number of small flies whose larvae can be pests of plants, typically producing galls or damaging leaves.More example sentences
- Global warming will result in an explosion of the dreaded west coast midge, delegates to a conference in Glasgow will be told this month.
- The trio have been cycling around 80 miles per day and they have camped overnight along the way, battling torrential rain, thunderstorms and the infamous swarms of Scottish midges.
Old English mycg(e), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mug and German Mücke, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin musca and Greek muia 'fly'.
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