Origin of buffalo gnat
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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I allude to a small black insect generally known to prairie travellers as the 'buffalo-gnat.'
- 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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