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[noh-see-uh m] /noʊˈsi əm/
noun, Northern and Western U.S.
Origin of no-see-um
1840-50, Americanism; pseudo-AmerInd E version of you can't see them Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Seattle is bad enough—it's so big that I feel like a no-see-um in a Norway pine reserve.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • There is another pest of the North Woods which the guides call the no-see-um.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Slang definitions & phrases for no-see-um



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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