Midge

Midge

(?), n. [OE. migge, AS. mycge; akin to OS. muggia, D. mug, G. mcke, OHG. mucca, Icel. m, Sw. mygga, mygg, Dan. myg; perh. named from its buzzing; cf. Gr. to low, bellow.] (Zol.)
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1. Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the Chironomus, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their larv are usually aquatic.
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2. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its bite.
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The name is also applied to various other small flies. See Wheat midge, under Wheat.
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