buffalo gnat
black fly lack fly, blackfly lackfly, (Zo["o]l.) 1. In the United States, a small, venomous, two-winged fly of the genus {Simulium} of several species, exceedingly abundant and troublesome in the northern forests; -- called also {buffalo gnat}. The larv[ae] are aquatic. It sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals. [WordNet 1.5 + WordNet 1.5]

2. A black plant louse, as the bean aphis ({Aphis fab[ae]}), which infests e. g. beans and sugar beets; -- called also {bean aphid}. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • buffalo gnat — noun small blackish stout bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals • Syn: ↑blackfly, ↑black fly • Hypernyms: ↑gnat • Member Holonyms: ↑Simulium, ↑genus Simulium …   Useful english dictionary

  • buffalo gnat. — See black fly. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • buffalo gnat — any of various insects of the family Simuliidae …   Medical dictionary

  • buffalo gnat. — See black fly. [1815 25, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

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