no-see-um
noun Etymology: from the words (as supposedly spoken by American Indians) no see um you don't see them Date: 1842 biting midge

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  • no-see-um — ☆ no see um [nō sē′əm ] n. [pseudo AmInd term, altered < no see (th)em: in reference to its very small size] BITING MIDGE …   English World dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • no-see-um — Sand Sand, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.] 1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • no-see-um — [[t]noʊˈsi əm[/t]] n. Northern and Western U.S. dial. punkie • Etymology: 1840–50, amer.; pseudo Amerind E version of you can t see em …   From formal English to slang

  • no-see-um — /noh see euhm/, n. Northern and Western U.S. punkie. [1840 50, Amer.; pseudo AmerInd E version of you can t see them] * * * …   Universalium

  • no-see-um — noun a) Leptoconops torrens, a small biting fly. b) Any Ceratopogonidae, or biting midge, a family of small flies (1 4 mm long) in the order Diptera. Syn: midgie, sand fly, punkie, punky …   Wiktionary

  • no-see-um — [nəʊ si:əm] noun N. Amer. a minute biting insect …   English new terms dictionary

  • syn|cli|no|ri|um — «SIHNG kly NR ee uhm, NOHR », noun, plural no|ri|a « NR ee uh, NOHR », no|ri|ums. Geology. a compound syncline, consisting of a series of subordinate synclines and anticlines, the whole formation having the general contour of an inverted arch.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stam|i|no|di|um — «STAM uh NOH dee uhm», noun, plural di|a « dee uh». Botany. 1. a sterile or abortive stamen. 2. an organ resembling an abortive stamen. ╂[< New Latin staminodium < stamen (see etym. under stamen (Cf. ↑stamen)) + odium, a suf …   Useful english dictionary

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