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(Encyclopedia) midge, name for any of numerous minute, fragile flies in several families. The family Chironomidae consists of about 2,000 species, most of which are widely…

Midge Decter Biography

Midge Decterjournalist, writerBorn: 7/25/1927Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn. Midge Rosenthal attended the University of Minnesota, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and New York…


(Encyclopedia) punkie: see midge .

sand fly

(Encyclopedia) sand fly: see midge .


(Encyclopedia) no-see-um: see midge .


(Encyclopedia) bloodworm, name for the larva of the midge and for a red-blooded marine polychaete worm.

wheat fly

(Encyclopedia) wheat fly, name for several insects harmful to wheat, e.g., the Hessian fly , the wheat gallfly, the wheat midge , and others.


(Encyclopedia) gnat, common name for any one of a number of small, fragile-looking two-winged flies of the suborder Nematocera, order Diptera, which includes the families Tipulidae…


(Encyclopedia) neoteny nēŏt´ənē [key], in biology, sexual maturity reached in the larval stage of some animals. Certain environmental conditions can inhibit the completion of…


(Encyclopedia) gall, abnormal growth, or hypertrophy, of plant tissue produced by chemical or mechanical (e.g., the rubbing together of two branches) irritants or hormones. Chemical…