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buffalo gnat

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noun
  1. black fly.

Origin of buffalo gnat

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for buffalo gnat

Historical Examples

  • I allude to a small black insect generally known to prairie travellers as the 'buffalo-gnat.'

    Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XX

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for buffalo gnat

buffalo gnat

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