Origin of midgeMiddle English migge ; from Old English mycg, akin to German mücke ; from Indo-European base an unverified form mu-, echoic for fly, gnat from source Classical Latin musca, a fly
- 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.
- Any of various similar dipteran insects, such as the biting midges and the gall midges.
Origin of midgeMiddle English, from Old English mycg.
From Middle English mydge, migge, from Old English mygg, mycg (“midge, gnat"), from Proto-Germanic *mugjÅ, *muwÅ (“midge"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÅ«- (“fly, midge"), *mu-, *mew-. Cognate with Scots mige (“midge"), West Frisian mich (“fly, mosquito"), Dutch mug (“midge, gnat, mosquito"), Low German mÃ¼gge (“midge, gnat, mosquito"), German MÃ¼cke (“midge, gnat, mosquito"), Swedish mygg, mygga (“midge, gnat, mosquito"), Icelandic mÃ½ (“midge, gnat, fly"). The Proto-Indo-European root was also the source of Latin musca, Ancient Greek Î¼Ï…á¿–Î± (muia), Russian Ð¼ÑƒÑ…Ð° (mÃºxa), Latvian muÅ¡a, Albanian mizÃ«, Armenian Õ´Õ¸Ö‚Õ¶ (mun).