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New Latin, probably from Latin cinyphes, cinyphum gnat, modification of Greek knips insect infesting fig and oak trees; akin to Greek sknips, a kind of small worm, Middle English nippen to nip
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“Cynips.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cynips. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.
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