- any of various insects that sting or bite, especially a large American mosquito, Psorophora ciliata.
Origin of gallinipper
First recorded in 1675–85; of obscure origin; final element apparently assimilated to nipper
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Examples from the Web for gallinipper
The connection with the proboscis of the gallinipper is especially apt.
The largest kind of mosquito in the valley of the lower Mississippi is called the Gallinipper.
They tell a good story to show the superiority of the Gallinipper, over the ordinary Mosquito, in this wise.
Every animal on the premises had sought refuge in the cane brakes from the ravages of the green-head fly and the gallinipper.Pen Pictures
B. F. Craig
The term is also applied to a large mosquito-like insect, called locally "gallinipper."