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GNAT (0. Eng. gnat)

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 148 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GNAT (0. Eng. gnat), the common English name for the smaller dipterous flies (see DIPTERA) of the family Culicidae, which are now included among " mosquitoes " (see MosQuITO). The distinctive term has no zoological significance, but in England the " mosquito " has commonly been distinguished from the " gnat " as a variety of larger size and more poisonous bite.
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