no-see-um

[ noh-see-uhm ]
/ noʊˈsi əm /

noun Northern and Western U.S.

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Origin of no-see-um

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; from the broken English phrase (You) don't see 'em, supposedly used by American Indians
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Example sentences from the Web for no-see-um

  • 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
  • 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