Part of speech: noun

A small two- winged fly.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", John Burroughs.