chironomid

noun

chi·​ron·​o·​mid kī-ˈrä-nə-məd How to pronounce chironomid (audio)
: any of a family (Chironomidae) of midges that lack piercing mouthparts
chironomid adjective

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Blood midges, leeches, chironomids are the most common offerings. sacbee, 24 Oct. 2017 Anglers have had success from the North and South boat ramps using channel scuds, chironomids, and egg patterns. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Denver Post, 21 May 2017 Spinney Reservoir There have been rainbow trout in the 20- to 24-inch range being caught at both ramps on scud, chironomid, and egg patterns. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Denver Post, 7 May 2017 Try these fly-fishing tips from a pro: East and Paulina lakes: Beetles, black ants, chironomids (into July) and callibaetis mayflies on floating lines near shorelines; leech and streamers in deeper water on sink-tip lines. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, 9 June 2017 There have been rainbow trout in the 20 to 24 inch range being caught at both ramps on scud, chironomid, and egg patterns. Colorado Parks & Wildlife, The Denver Post, 2 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Greek cheironomos one who gestures with his hands

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chironomid was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Chironomid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chironomid. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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