from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small, biting, two-winged flies, such as a punkie or black fly.
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- n. Any small insect of the order Diptera, specifically within the suborder Nematocera.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See mosquito.
- n. Any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; esp., in America, a small biting fly of the genus Simulium and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small two-winged fly, Culex pipiens, of the family Culicidæ, suborder Nemocera, and order Diptera, called in America mosquito.
- n. Any other insect of the family Culicidæ.—
- n. A nemocerous dipterous insect; a midge.
- n. A bird: same as knot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (British usage) mosquito
- n. any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
Middle English, from Old English gnæt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)