From Old High German mucka (akin to Old Saxon muggia), from Proto-Germanic *mugjō, *muwō (“midge”), from Proto-Indo-European *mū- (“fly, midge”), *mu-, *mew-. Compare German Low German Mügg, Mügge, Dutch Low Saxon mugge, Dutch mug, English midge, Danish myg.
Mücke f (genitive Mücke, plural Mücken)
- (specific sense) mosquito
- (broader sense, biology) insect of the order Nematocera, that is a mosquito, crane fly, gnat, or midge
- (regional, Austria) fly
- A Mücke is typically understood to be a blood-sucking mosquito, particularly in northern and central Germany. In biological terminology, however, the word is used in the broader sense of “Nematocera”. This broader use may also be found in southern speakers. In Austria, the term may even include flies.
- Mücke in Duden online