1. Any of numerous small nonbiting flies of the family Chironomidae, having aquatic larvae and often forming large swarms near ponds and lakes. Also called chironomid.
2. Any of various similar dipteran insects, such as the biting midges and the gall midges.
[Middle English, from Old English mycg.]
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