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

Examples of chironomid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This disturbance can evict some invertebrates, like chironomids, from streambed homes, but favor persistence of others, like blackfly larvae, which spin silken tethers to affirm their rocky grip in fast-flowing waters. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 What happens in the stream and beside it is tightly linked, Milner found: Willow catkins are food for caddis flies, and alder roots provide chironomids with safe homes. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 First detected in the stream after the stream mouth emerged from glacial ice were larvae of chironomids, cold-loving midges. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 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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“Chironomid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chironomid. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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