What does the word gnat mean?

Usage examples for gnat

  1. Not a single idea would come to him, but nevertheless he was happy, because the sun shone on a geranium on the window- sill, and because a gnat flew about in the blue of the open window. – Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes
  2. Sometimes as many as fifteen parasites occurred in one gnat, but as a rule only one of these attained maturity. – On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects by Sir John Lubbock
  3. There was not a mosquito, or gnat, or other pest in the woods, the cool nights having already cut them off. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs