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Midge

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midge

(Science: zoology)

1. Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the Chironomus, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their larvae are usually aquatic.

2. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the united states and canada, noted for the irritating quality of its bite.

The name is also applied to various other small flies. See wheat midge, under Wheat.

Origin: OE. Migge, AS. Mycge; akin to OS. Muggia, D. Mug, G. Mucke, OHG. Mucca, Icel. M, Sw. Mygga, mygg, Dan. Myg; perh. Named from its buzzing; cf. Gr. To low, bellow.