gnat

noun
\ ˈnat How to pronounce gnat (audio) \

Definition of gnat

: any of various small usually biting dipteran flies

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Other Words from gnat

gnatty \ -​ē How to pronounce gnatty (audio) \ adjective

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It might be focused on getting its protein fix and catching a flying gnat right out of the air. Jessica Pollock, The Conversation, "Curious kids: Why don’t hummingbirds get fat or sick from drinking sugary nectar?," 23 Aug. 2019 The poop draws gnats and stinging insects, and leads to reduced photosynthesis and plant vigor. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 2019 Brooke Knisley, who runs an organic produce farm with her husband in St. Peter, says one of her friends has lost 16 chickens to the gnats this year. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 The department also did not have a program to exterminate and control rats, fleas, roaches, gnats, mosquitoes or grasshoppers in the building. Mark Puente, latimes.com, "Following rat infestation, LAPD deploys robot to sanitize Central Division station," 28 June 2019 Bost wipes his face with spicebush leaves, a natural repellent for a cloud of gnats. Robert Langellier, National Geographic, "A legendary Ozark chestnut tree, thought extinct, is rediscovered," 24 June 2019 While mosquitoes are emerging, another biting insect has already arrived: gnats. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "The *%$! mosquitoes are coming … but the #&@! gnats are already here," 7 June 2019 What's the difference between a fruit fly and a gnat? Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019 A decade ago, these industry titans saw in Elon Musk just another gnat to be swatted aside like so many who had come before. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of gnat

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnat

Middle English, from Old English gnætt; akin to Old English gnagan to gnaw

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The first known use of gnat was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for gnat

gnat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gnat

: a small fly that bites people and animals

gnat

noun
\ ˈnat How to pronounce gnat (audio) \

Kids Definition of gnat

: a very small usually biting fly

gnat

noun
\ ˈnat How to pronounce gnat (audio) \

Medical Definition of gnat

: any of various small usually biting dipteran flies (as a midge or blackfly)

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