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Meaning of MIDGE

Pronunciation:  mij

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water

MIDGE is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: Chironomidae, family Chironomidae, gnat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Midge\, n. [OE. migge, AS. mycge; akin to OS. muggia, D.
mug, G. m["u]cke, OHG. mucca, Icel. m?, Sw. mygga, mygg, Dan.
myg; perh. named from its buzzing; cf. Gr. ? to low, bellow.]
1. Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the
   {Chironomus}, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their
   larv[ae] are usually aquatic.

2. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United
   States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its

Note: The name is also applied to various other small flies.
      See {Wheat midge}, under {Wheat}.

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