from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A natural family comprising the gall midges.

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  • n. gall midges


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  • Many plant-galls are due, however, to the presence of grubs of tiny dipterous insects, the Cecidomyidae or Gall-midges.

    The Life-Story of Insects

  • N.arly fifty years ago N. Wagner (1865) made the remarkable discovery that in the larvae of certain gall-midges (Cecidomyidae) the ovaries might become precociously mature and unfertilised eggs might be developed into small larvae observable within the body of the mother-larva; ultimately these abnormally reared young break their way out.

    The Life-Story of Insects


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