Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or belonging to the dipterous family Chironomidæ.
  • noun A member of the dipterous family Chironomidæ.

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  • noun informal Any of the non-biting midges or Chironomidae, a family of true flies within the order Diptera.

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Chīronomidae, family name, from Chīronomus, type genus, from Latin chīronomos, moving the hands according to the rules of art, pantomimic (the genus being so called because the adults hold their front pair of legs in the air when at rest ), from Greek kheironomos : kheir, hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots + nomos, custom, law; see nem-.]

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