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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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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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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