From Old High German mucka (akin to Old Saxon muggia), from Proto-Germanic *mugjō, *muwō (“midge”), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (“fly, midge”), *mu-, *mew-. Compare German Low German Mügg, Mügge, Dutch Low Saxon mugge, Dutch mug, English midge, Danish myg, Latin musca.
- (specific sense) mosquito
- (broader sense, biology) insect of the order Nematocera, that is a mosquito, crane fly, gnat, or midge
- (regional, Austria, parts of southern Germany) fly
- A Mücke is most often understood to be a blood-sucking mosquito in northern and central Germany, though the broader sense of “Nematocera” is also found and is conventional in biological terminology. In Austrian standard German, and in southern German speech, the term may also include flies.
- Mücke in Duden online