a small two-winged fly, of the family Ceratopogonidae, that bites and then sucks the blood of mammals; the biting midge

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  • Punkie — Punk ie, n. [Orig. unknown.] A minute biting fly of the genus {Ceratopogon} or allied genus of the family {Chironomid[ae]}, found in swarms in various densely wooded or mountaneous regions. [U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Punkie — can refer to:*Punky Brewster, an American sitcom *Ceratopogonidae, a biting insect …   Wikipedia

  • punkie — ☆ punkie [puŋ′kē ] n. [dial. Du * punkje < Delaware púnkwəs, dim. of púnkwəs, dim. of púnkw, ashes, dust: so named from their size] BITING MIDGE …   English World dictionary

  • punkie — no see um o see um n. (Zool.) Any of several minute two winged biting insects of the family {Ceratopogonidae} that suck the blood of mammals and birds and other insects; also called {biting midge} and {punkie}. Syn: punkie, punky, punkey, biting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Punkie Night — is an English custom practiced on the last Thursday of October, in Somerset in England. Children will march around with a jack o lantern, singing a song which goes :It s Punkie Night tonight It s Punkie Night tonight Adam and Eve would not… …   Wikipedia

  • Punkie Night —    A punkie is a hollowed out mangold wurzel, with shapes cut through the sides, and a lighted candle inside. The children of Hinton St George, Somerset, parade the village streets on the last Thursday in October, with their lighted punkies,… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • punkie — also punky noun (plural punkies) Etymology: New York Dutch punki, modification of Delaware (Munsee) pónkwəs Date: 1769 biting midge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • punkie — /pung kee/, n. any of the minute biting gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae. Also called biting midge, no see um. [1760 70, Amer.; < New York D *punkje, alter. of Munsee Delaware pónkwas (equiv. to Proto Algonquian *penkw dust, ashes + * ehs dim …   Universalium

  • punkie — n. punky, biting midge, extemely tiny bloodsucking two winged insect …   English contemporary dictionary

  • punkie — punk·ie …   English syllables

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