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buffalo gnat

noun
1.
Origin of buffalo gnat
1815-1825
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25
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  • While we were out together I remarked that the buffalo gnat had bitten us very severely.

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buffalo gnat

noun
1.
any of various small North American blood-sucking dipterous insects of the genus Simulium and related genera: family Simuliidae Also called black fly
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