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Definition of gnat

: any of various small usually biting dipteran flies

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Other Words from gnat

gnatty \ ˈna-​tē How to pronounce gnatty (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gnat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are species of gnat and fly that routinely make their homes within magic mushrooms. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020 The biggest threat to Florida citrus – citrus greening – is spread by gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, said Gene McAvoy, an associate director at University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. USA Today, "As coronavirus pandemic spikes orange juice sales, a Florida citrus grower gets squeezed," 13 May 2020 The Mankato Free Press reports that gnats cause weight loss and stress for any animal with their bites and by gathering around eyes and in airways. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Adware is like gnats: everywhere, annoying, impossible to get rid of but relatively harmless. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Tiny Piece of Tape Tricked Teslas Into Speeding Up 50 MPH," 22 Feb. 2020 Flies and Gnats An infestation of houseflies, gnats, fruit flies, midges and other flying insects is best remedied by a multi-level approach. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Rid of Common House Pests," 17 Feb. 2020 And on the sand beside the caribou a bright pool of coagulated blood, with flies buzzing, and gnats and mosquitoes frenzied over the smell of so much fresh blood. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "Lost in the years: Nourished by memories, wisdom and moose meat in Northwest Alaska," 6 Dec. 2019 The spacecraft also detected a significant number of particles already orbiting Bennu like a cloud of gnats. Wired, "No One Knows Why Rocks Are Exploding From Asteroid Bennu," 5 Dec. 2019 As the head of the Chaparral Institute, his opposition is strongly informed by a mission to protect native chaparral and coastal sage scrub habitat, which provide habitat for everything from gnat-catchers to trapdoor spiders. Joshua Emerson Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Cal Fire plans to rip out vegetation in San Diego County. But will that add fuel to a blaze?," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gnat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gnat

: a small fly that bites people and animals


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Kids Definition of gnat

: a very small usually biting fly


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Medical Definition of gnat

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

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