Definitions for gnatnæt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gnatnæt(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of gnat:

bef. 900; ME; OE gnæt(t), c. dial. G Gnatze

gnat′ty(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gnat(noun)

    any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies

  2. gnat(noun)

    (British usage) mosquito

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gnat(noun)æt

    a tiny flying insect

    gnats flying around our heads

Wiktionary

  1. gnat(Noun)

    Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.

  2. Gnat(ProperNoun)

    A type of jet fighter aircraft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gnat(noun)

    a blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See Mosquito

  2. Gnat(noun)

    any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in America, a small biting fly of the genus Simulium and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc

Freebase

  1. Gnat

    A gnat is any of many species of tiny flying insects in the Dipterid suborder Nematocera, especially those in the families Mycetophilidae, Anisopodidae and Sciaridae. In British English the term applies particularly to Nematocerans of the family Culicidae. The common gnat is the species Culex pipiens. Male gnats often assemble in large mating swarms or ghosts, particularly at dusk. Gnat larvae are mostly free-living and some are aquatic. Many feed on plants, though some are carnivorous. Larval plant feeders cause root, stem, or leaf galls to be formed by the host plant. Some species of fungus gnats are pests of mushrooms and roots of potted plants in homes and greenhouses. Some South American Pleurothallid orchids are pollinated by tiny gnats and have correspondingly small flowers.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gnat(noun)

a very small, usually blood-sucking, fly.

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