midge

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A midge laying eggs
midges (lures)

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From Middle English mydge, migge, from Old English mygg, myċġ (midge, gnat), from Proto-Germanic *mugjō, *muwō (midge), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (fly, midge), *mu-, *mew-.

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midge (plural midges)

  1. any of various small two-winged flies, for example, from the family Chironomidae or non-biting midges, the family Chaoboridae or phantom midges, and the family Ceratopogonidae or biting midges, all belonging to the order Diptera
    • 2012 January 1, Douglas Larson, “Runaway Devils Lake”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 46:
      Devils Lake is where I began my career as a limnologist in 1964, studying the lake’s neotenic salamanders and chironomids, or midge flies. […] The Devils Lake Basin is an endorheic, or closed, basin covering about 9,800 square kilometers in northeastern North Dakota.
  2. (fishing) any bait or lure designed to resemble a midge


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