from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various minute, biting flies of the family Ceratopogonidae. Also called biting midge, no-see-um.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small two-winged fly or midge of the family Ceratopogonidae, which bites and then sucks the blood of mammals; the biting midge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A minute biting fly of the genus Ceratopogon or allied genus of the family Chironomidæ, found in swarms in various densely wooded or mountaneous regions.
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
Of North American Dutch origin, from Munsee pónkwəs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Entered English via (New Amsterdam) Dutch; originally from an Munsee word like *pónkwes (the latter part of which is a diminutive suffix), to which the Dutch applied the diminutive suffix -je. (Wiktionary)