biting midge
no-see-um o-see-um n. (Zool.) Any of several minute two-winged biting insects of the family {Ceratopogonidae} that suck the blood of mammals and birds and other insects; also called {biting midge} and {punkie}.

Syn: punkie, punky, punkey, biting midge. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • biting midge — n any of a large family (Ceratopogonidae) of tiny long legged dipteran flies that have piercing mouthparts, attack birds and various mammals including humans, and include various vectors of filarial worms …   Medical dictionary

  • biting midge — n. any of a family (Ceratopogonidae) of midges with piercing and sucking mouthparts: some species attack humans and animals in swarms …   English World dictionary

  • biting midge — punkie. [1940 45] * * * ▪ insect  any member of a family of small, bloodsucking insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are often serious pests along seashores, rivers, and lakes and may attack in great numbers and cause extreme discomfort. The… …   Universalium

  • biting midge — bit′ing midge′ n. ent punkie • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • biting midge — noun Date: 1945 any of a family (Ceratopogonidae) of tiny biting dipteran flies of which some are vectors of filarial worms …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • biting midge — noun Any Ceratopogonidae, a family of small flies (1 4 mm long) in the order Diptera. Syn: midgie, sand fly, punkie, punky …   Wiktionary

  • biting midge — n. punky, punkie, extemely tiny bloodsucking two winged insect …   English contemporary dictionary

  • biting midge — noun minute two winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects • Syn: ↑punkie, ↑punky, ↑punkey, ↑no see um • Hypernyms: ↑gnat • Member Holonyms: ↑Ceratopogonidae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • non-biting midge — noun Any of various small two winged flies, belonging to the family Chironomidae, all belonging to the order Diptera. Syn: chironomid …   Wiktionary

  • Midge — For other uses, see Midge (disambiguation). Midges A biting midge feeding on blood through an artificial membrane for insect rearing Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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