punkie

punkie

[puhng-kee]
noun
any of the minute biting gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae.
Also called biting midge, no-see-um.


Origin:
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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punkie

noun
minute two-winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects 
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