American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various gnatlike flies of the family Chironomidae, found worldwide and frequently occurring in swarms near ponds and lakes.
- n. Any of various similar dipteran insects, such as the biting midges of the family Ceratopogonidae.
- n. A little person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A two-winged fly of the order Diptera and suborder Nemocera; a gnat or some insect resembling one: a popular name applied with little discrimination to many different insects. They chiefly belong to the families Simuliidæ, Tipudidæ, Chironomidæ, and Culicidæ. The term is sometimes specifically applied to the Chironomidæ. The eggs of some of the last-named family, like those of mosquitos and other gnats, are deposited in water, where they undergo metamorphosis, first into larvæ and then into pupæ, in which latter slate when ripe they rise to the surface, and the imago or perfect insect emerges. See
- n. Something small of its kind, as the fry of fish; a dwarf; a midget. A very small fish, specifically called
Günther's midgeand Hypsiptera argentea, occasionally taken on both the American and European coasts, is supposed to be the fry of a codling of the genus Phycis.
- n. A very small one-horse carriage used in the Isle of Wight, England.
- n. Any of various small two-winged flies, for example, from the family Chironomidae or non-biting midges, the family Chaoboridae or phantom midges, and the family Ceratopogonidae or biting midges, all belonging to the order Diptera.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any one of many small, delicate, long-legged flies of the Chironomus, and allied genera, which do not bite. Their larvæ are usually aquatic.
- n. A very small fly, abundant in many parts of the United States and Canada, noted for the irritating quality of its bite.
- n. minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water
- From Middle English mydge, migge, from Old English mygg, mycg ("midge, gnat"), from West Germanic mugjō, from Proto-Germanic *mujan, *muwō (“midge”), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (“fly, midge”), *mu-, *mew-. Cognate with Scots mige ("midge"), West Frisian mich ("fly, mosquito"), Dutch mug ("midge, gnat, mosquito"), Low German mügge ("midge, gnat, mosquito"), German Mücke ("midge, gnat, mosquito"), Swedish mygg, mygga ("midge, gnat, mosquito"), Icelandic mý ("midge, gnat, fly"). The Proto-Indo-European root was also the source of Latin musca, Ancient Greek μυῖα (muia), Russian муха (múxa), Latvian muša, Albanian mizë, Armenian մուն (mun). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English mycg. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Midget is a diminutive: MIDGE+ET, where a midge is a small insect resembling a gnat.”
“I knew that a midge was a small, annoying insect that flew around your head.”
“We are told that Blue Tongue has been visited upon Britain as a result of global warning allowing a certain kind of midge to migrate Northwards through Europe, and high winds which then blew these midges across the North Sea.”
“I'm with prairieghost when he said a # 20 bh zebra midge.”
“Yes | No | Report from jerry k wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago definatly a size 16 copper john in the nymph catagory, a size 22 jujubee for a midge, and for a dry fly a tie between a orange stimulator and a bwo thorax.”
“EHD kills almost 20-30% deer, so how are you going to kill the midge that spread the disease.”
“Yes | No | Report from prairieghost wrote 1 year 2 weeks ago if i had to only choose ONE fly, i'd go with a # 20 bh zebra midge. i can catch fish here in MT year round with one.”
“My typical rig: 9 '5x tapered leader with a size 18 copper john, then 20 inches of 6x to a thread midge or emerger like an RS2 or WD40.”
“It all started in the bitterly cold winter, when the midge larvae survived underground under a blanket of snow.”
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