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no-see-um

[noh-see-uh m] /noʊˈsi əm/
noun, Northern and Western U.S.
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Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; pseudo-AmerInd E version of you can't see them
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no-see-um

noun

Any tiny biting insect; midge; gnat

[1847+; fr a presumed Indian term]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for no-see-um

any member of a family of small, bloodsucking insects in the fly order, Diptera, that are often serious pests along seashores, rivers, and lakes and may attack in great numbers and cause extreme discomfort. The nickname no-see-ums is descriptive, for, although its irritating bite is felt, the female midge is often difficult to find. Biting midges are usually about 1 mm (0.04 inch) long.

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