gal·​li·​nip·​per ˈga-lə-ˌni-pər How to pronounce gallinipper (audio)
chiefly Southern US and Midland US
: any of various insects (such as a large mosquito or crane fly)

Word History


earlier gurnipper, gal-knipper, of obscure origin

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gallinipper was in 1709

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Cite this Entry

“Gallinipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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