Midge 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.] (Zo["o]l.) [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its bite. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is also applied to various other small flies. See {Wheat midge}, under {Wheat}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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