See also: mucke and Mucke

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German mucka, mugga, from Proto-West Germanic *muggjā, from Proto-Germanic *mugjō, *muwō (midge), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (fly, midge), *mu-, *mew-.

Compare Dutch mug, Low German Mügg, Mügge, English midge, Danish myg, Latin musca.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmʏkə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʏkə

NounEdit

Mücke f (genitive Mücke, plural Mücken, diminutive Mückchen n or Mücklein n)

  1. (biology) insect of the order Nematocera, that is a mosquito, crane fly, gnat, or midge
  2. (in practice especially) mosquito
    Synonyms: Stechmücke, (Austria) Gelse, (south-western Germany) Schnake, (chiefly tropical kinds) Moskito
  3. (regional, Austria, parts of southern Germany) fly

Usage notesEdit

  • Mücke is most often understood as a blood-sucking mosquito in northern and central Germany, though this is mainly because this is kind more annoying and therefore more often talked about. Generally the term includes all of the “Nematocera”. The further inclusion of flies is restricted to Austrian Standard German and southern German vernaculars.

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Further readingEdit

  • Mücke” in Duden online
  • Mücke” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache