One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A minute bloodsucking insect, especially a biting midge.
- ‘Bugs, though not as many as there would be naturally, hung around her head in a perpetual cloud, midges and no-see-ums buzzing in her ear and sucking on her sweat.’
- ‘By August, the 20 or so other human visitors who walk this popular (by Arctic standards) route each year should be gone, as should the mosquitoes and no-see-ums.’
- ‘A single hectare is estimated to be able to produce ten million black flies, no-see-ums and other biting insects!’
- ‘These are likely what is commonly referred to as no-see-um or biting midge.’
- ‘After a short hike around 18th-century limestone ruins on rocky Crab Cay, we camped on the sand of an unnamed barrier island, uninhabited but for a ravenous air force of mosquitoes and no-see-ums.’
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