\ˈmij \

Definition of midge 

: a tiny dipteran fly (such as a chironomid)

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Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a bead head pheasant tail (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Aphid Midge Pollen plants will bring aphid midges to your garden. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016 Bluetongue virus, a ruminant virus spread by midges that was once confined to tropical areas, has reached as far as Norway. Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "Our Planet, Ourselves: How Climate Change Results in Emerging Diseases," 1 May 2018 Cleveland is notorious for midges, and not just at Progressive Field. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Kansas City night provided opening to reset Mendez's development," 22 June 2018 The bugs are believed to be midges, which is actually good news. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "England-Tunisia World Cup Game Overrun by Swarms of Insects," 18 June 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a red fox squirrel nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Nineteen-pound channel cat caught at Wyandotte," 6 June 2018 Or how about midges, those annoying little swarming bugs now becoming plentiful near Lake Michigan? Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Milorganite — 'We swear it's not poop,' and now it even smells sweeter," 3 May 2018 Between the midges and the mayflies, every week there's a new infestation. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Indians reliever Andrew Miller loves town, wants to stay: My Cleveland (photos)," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of midge

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for midge

Middle English migge, from Old English mycg; akin to Old High German mucka midge, Greek myia fly, Latin musca

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The first known use of midge was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of midge

: a very small flying insect that bites people and animals


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Kids Definition of midge

: a very small fly : gnat


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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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