Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See punkie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Leptoconops torrens, a small biting fly.
  • n. Any Ceratopogonidae, or biting midge, a family of small flies (1–4 mm long) in the order Diptera.
  • n. Any biting bug or insect that is normally too small to see unaided.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. minute two-winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects

Etymologies

Alteration of no see them.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It's ANDANTOL, and it absolutely takes the itch out of any mosquito or no-see-um bite.

    biting insects

  • All of this was being done on the outside deck so a billion no-see-um bugs also wanted to be in the picture.

    Riding Rockets

  • Seattle is bad enough -- it's so big that I feel like a no-see-um in a Norway pine reserve.

    Free Air

  • There is another pest of the North Woods which the guides call the no-see-um.

    On the Trail An Outdoor Book for Girls

  • Night and day are the same to the no-see-um; its warfare is continuous and its bite very annoying, but it disappears with the black-fly in July or

    On the Trail An Outdoor Book for Girls

  • Sea to Summit's new kit of no-see-um mesh clothing includes a mosquito-confounding jacket, mitts, pants, and socks - all coated with an Insect Shield Permethrin treatment to offer "superior bug protection."

    billingsgazette.com

  • Britannic no-see-um, those puzzle pieces really look like they fit well, that is, until you realize that you need to include the continental shelf areas for this type of fitting game.

    WordPress.com News

  • There's got to be a few left to be discovered, but by and large, we're going to larger-volume, lower-grade, "no-see-um" type deposits at this point.

    LewRockwell.com

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  • Out of sight, out of list.

    August 18, 2010