- a member of the Chironomidae, a family of nonbiting midges
- of or relating to this family
C19: from New Latin chironomus, from Greek kheironomos a gesturer, from kheir hand + nomos manager + -id ²
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The legs are relatively stouter than in the other Chironomid.
They are Chironomid in which the thorax is not prolonged over the head.
Bloodworms (Chironomid larvae) were the largest food item, forming 72.8 per cent of the animal food.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
These appear to be the work of Chironomid larv, of which there are several specimens loose in the bottle containing the sponges.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa
Of the many species of Chironomid, (over eight hundred known), the vast majority are inoffensive.