Gall midge
Gall Gall (g[add]l), n. [F. galle, noix de galle, fr. L. galla.] (Zo["o]l.) An excrescence of any form produced on any part of a plant by insects or their larvae. They are most commonly caused by small Hymenoptera and Diptera which puncture the bark and lay their eggs in the wounds. The larvae live within the galls. Some galls are due to aphids, mites, etc. See {Gallnut}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The galls, or gallnuts, of commerce are produced by insects of the genus {Cynips}, chiefly on an oak ({Quercus infectoria} syn. {Quercus Lusitanica}) of Western Asia and Southern Europe. They contain much tannin, and are used in the manufacture of that article and for making ink and a black dye, as well as in medicine. [1913 Webster]

{Gall insect} (Zo["o]l.), any insect that produces galls.

{Gall midge} (Zo["o]l.), any small dipterous insect that produces galls.

{Gall oak}, the oak ({Quercus infectoria}) which yields the galls of commerce.

{Gall of glass}, the neutral salt skimmed off from the surface of melted crown glass;- called also {glass gall} and {sandiver}. --Ure.

{Gall wasp}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Gallfly}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gall midge — gall′ midge n. ent any midge of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • gall midge — or gall gnat n. any of a family (Cecidomyiidae) of tiny midges that often produce galls on plants …   English World dictionary

  • gall midge — noun fragile mosquito like flies that produce galls on plants • Syn: ↑gallfly, ↑gall gnat • Hypernyms: ↑dipterous insect, ↑two winged insects, ↑dipteran, ↑dipteron • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gall midge — any of several dipterous insects of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants. Also called gall gnat. [1900 05] * * * ▪ insect  any minute, delicate insect (order Diptera) characterized by beaded, somewhat… …   Universalium

  • gall midge — noun Date: circa 1889 any of numerous minute dipteran flies (family Cecidomyiidae) most of which cause gall formation in plants …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gall midge — noun Any insect of the family, whose larvae damage crops and other plants, creating galls on the stems and other fleshy parts …   Wiktionary

  • gall midge — noun a small fly which induces the formation of galls (growths) in plants. [Family Cecidomyiidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • gall midge — /ˈgɔl mɪdʒ/ (say gawl mij) noun any small fly of the family Cecidomyidae which makes galls on plants …   Australian English dictionary

  • Creosote gall midge — Gall created by Asphondylia auripila Scientific classification Kingdom: Ani …   Wikipedia

  • chrysanthemum gall midge — noun or chrysanthemum midge also chrysanthemum gall fly : a small orange fly (Diarthronomyia chrysanthemi) forming galls on the flowers and leaves of chrysanthemums especially in greenhouses …   Useful english dictionary

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