Definition of midge
: a tiny dipteran fly (such as a chironomid)
Recent Examples of midge from the Web
Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: Water below Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River has cleared; trout good on olive woolly buggers, nymphs, midges, San Juan worms and sowbugs.
Unable to swim up the water column, the larva simply wait to be eaten by the larvae of other insects like midges, mayflies, and mosquitoes.
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Origin and Etymology of midge
Middle English migge, from Old English mycg; akin to Old High German mucka midge, Greek myia fly, Latin musca
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of midge for English Language Learners
: a very small flying insect that bites people and animals
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Medical Definition of midge
: any of numerous tiny dipteran flies (especially families Ceratopogonidae, Cecidomyiidae, and Chironomidae) many of which are capable of giving painful bites and some of which are vectors or intermediate hosts of parasites of humans and various other vertebrates—see biting midge
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