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Definition of midge

: a tiny dipteran fly (such as a chironomid)

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As life ends for plants and animals of all sizes, from midges to moose, somebody or something has to break up and eliminate the dead organic matter. Anne Sverdrup-thygeson, WSJ, "The Bugs We Can’t Live Without," 20 June 2019 Bats eat a lot of biting insects, such as mosquitoes and midges that proliferate around urban wetlands, Straka notes by email. National Geographic, "Light pollution hurts urban bats. Trees can help.," 17 Apr. 2019 To control these bugs: Wash plants with strong spray of water Encourage native predators and parasites such as aphid midges, lacewings, and lady beetles 2. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 The problem is apparently not limited to midges, either. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "England-Tunisia World Cup Game Overrun by Swarms of Insects," 18 June 2018 The Yankees haven’t been in a bug incident since midges (small flies) attacked pitcher Joba Chamberlain in Game 2 of the 2007 American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Umpire stops Yankees-White Sox game to remove insect from his ear," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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