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punkie

[puhng-kee] /ˈpʌŋ ki/
noun
1.
any of the minute biting gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae.
Also called biting midge, no-see-um.
Origin
New York Dutch
Munsee Delaware
1760-1770
1760-70, Americanism; < New York Dutch *punkje, alteration of Munsee Delaware pónkwəs (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *penkw- dust, ashes + *-ehs- diminutive suffix) + Dutch -je diminutive suffix
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