biting midge


Definition of biting midge

: any of a family (Ceratopogonidae) of tiny biting dipteran flies of which some are vectors of filarial worms

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Recent Examples on the Web Pound for pound, the no-see-um, or biting midge, may be the worst of the lot. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Reasons to Bring a Screen Canopy Camping," 4 Dec. 2020 With hundreds of horse deaths reported there in the last 3 weeks, horse owners are rushing to seal their animals indoors with netting, away from biting midges that spread the virus for African horse sickness (AHS). Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Thailand scrambles to contain major outbreak of horse-killing virus," 16 Apr. 2020 It is transmitted through black flies, sand flies and biting midges, although scientists don’t completely understand its transmission process, the news release said. Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, "Viral disease spreads to livestock in 14 Colorado counties," 2 Aug. 2019 The viral disease is transmitted by insects — black flies, sand flies and biting midges. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Two horses in Weld County test positive for vesicular stomatitis; first known 2019 cases in the state," 5 July 2019 The disease is spread by biting midges and other tiny biting insects. Grant Robinson, USA TODAY, "Disease outbreak kills hundreds of Tennessee deer just before hunting season," 23 Oct. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Biting midge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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Medical Definition of biting midge

: any of a large family (Ceratopogonidae) of tiny long-legged dipteran flies that have piercing mouthparts, attack birds and various mammals including humans, and include various vectors of filarial worms

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