gall midge

noun

Definition of gall midge

: any of numerous minute dipteran flies (family Cecidomyiidae) most of which cause gall formation in plants

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Recent Examples on the Web The secret of how these legless, wingless creatures — a form of gall midge larvae — managed these aerial acrobatics had yet to be pinpointed. Alicia Petska, Washington Post, "Roanoke College professor researches tiny flying larvae," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gall midge

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Gall midge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gall%20midge. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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