gall midge
noun Date: circa 1889 any of numerous minute dipteran flies (family Cecidomyiidae) most of which cause gall formation in plants

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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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