gall midge

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gall midge

n.
Any of numerous small flies of the family Cecidomyiidae, whose larvae cause the formation of galls in plants.

gall midge

n
(Animals) any of various small fragile mosquito-like dipterous flies constituting the widely distributed family Cecidomyidae, many of which have larvae that produce galls on plants. Also called: gallfly or gall gnat See also Hessian fly

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n.
any midge of the family Cecidomyiidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants.
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gall midge - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plantsgall midge - fragile mosquito-like flies that produce galls on plants
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor - small fly whose larvae damage wheat and other grains