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gnat

 (năt)
n.
Any of various tiny two-winged flies, especially those that sometimes form swarms.

[Middle English, from Old English gnæt.]

gnat

(næt)
n
(Animals) any of various small fragile biting dipterous insects of the suborder Nematocera, esp Culex pipiens (common gnat), which abounds near stagnant water
[Old English gnætt; related to Middle High German gnaz scurf, German dialect Gnitze gnat]
ˈgnatˌlike adj

gnat

(næt)

n.
any of certain small flies, esp. the biting gnats or punkies of the family Ceratopogonidae, the midges of the family Chironomidae, and the black flies of the family Simuliidae.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English gnæt(t), c. dial. German Gnatze]
gnat′ty, adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.

gnat

(năt)
Any of various small biting flies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gnat - any of various small biting flies: midgesgnat - any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
dipteran, dipteron, dipterous insect, two-winged insects - insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
biting midge, no-see-um, punkey, punkie, punky - minute two-winged insect that sucks the blood of mammals and birds and other insects
midge - minute two-winged mosquito-like fly lacking biting mouthparts; appear in dancing swarms especially near water
psychodid - a fly of the family Psychodidae
Phlebotomus papatasii, sand fly, sandfly - any of various small dipterous flies; bloodsucking females can transmit sandfly fever and leishmaniasis
black fly, buffalo gnat, blackfly - small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
2.gnat - (British usage) mosquito
mosquito - two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals

gnat

noun
Related words
collective nouns swarm, cloud
Translations
ذُبابَه مّصّاصَة دم
komár
myg
kulo
hyttynensääski
szúnyog
mÿ; moskító
culex
uodas
ods
komár

gnat

[næt] Nmosquito m, jején m (LAm)

gnat

[ˈnæt] nmoucheron m

gnat

n(Stech)mücke f

gnat

[næt] nmoscerino

gnat

(nat) noun
a very small, usually blood-sucking, fly.

gnat

n. [insect] jején.

gnat

n (type that bite) jején m, insecto parecido al mosquito pero más pequeño y que pica
References in classic literature ?
This advice pleased Maimoune and Danhasch, and the fairy at once transformed herself into the shape of a gnat and settling on Camaralzaman's throat stung him so sharply that he awoke.
How can one understand that he should amuse himself in setting by the ears a lion like you with a gnat like me?
The gnat, who was the most crafty, flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled, and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced.
The strange visages which came, in turn, to gnash their teeth in the rose window, were like so many brands cast into the brazier; and from the whole of this effervescing crowd, there escaped, as from a furnace, a sharp, piercing, stinging noise, hissing like the wings of a gnat.
He might be said to be a lion importuned by a gnat.
But you're my sister's husband, and we ought to stick together; and if I know Harriet, she'll consider it your fault if we quarrel because you strain at a gnat in this way, and refuse to do Fred a good turn.
It is like the dead-march of a gnat amid the trumpeting of elephants and the roaring of lions.
A GNAT settled on the horn of a Bull, and sat there a long time.
 "His care," the gnat said, "even the insects follows:
But the beard seemed to melt away as she touched it, and she found herself sitting quietly under a tree--while the Gnat (for that was the insect she had been talking to) was balancing itself on a twig just over her head, and fanning her with its wings.
For he suffereth it not if a gnat wanteth to buzz, or even two of them; also the lanes maketh he lonesome, so that the moonlight is afraid there at night.
You will strain at a gnat in the way of trustfulness and confidence, however fairly won and well deserved; but you will swallow a whole caravan of camels, if they be laden with unworthy doubts and mean suspicions.