Chironomidae

plural noun
Chi·​ro·​nom·​i·​dae | \ ˌkīrəˈnäməˌdē \

Definition of Chironomidae

: a family of minute long-legged nematocerous two-winged flies that is now usually restricted to forms without piercing mouthparts but formerly also including the biting midges and related forms

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History and Etymology for Chironomidae

New Latin, from Chironomus, type genus + -idae

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“Chironomidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chironomidae. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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