Definition of buffalo gnat in English:

buffalo gnat


  • North American term for blackfly
    • ‘River blindness is a eye condition spread by blackfly or the buffalo gnat that live and breed on fast flowing rivers in Central Africa, Yemen, northern South America, southern Mexico and Guatemala.’
    • ‘The small adult black fly is also known as a buffalo gnat, and the female can deliver a painful bite.’
    • ‘The latter two groups of aquatic flies are considered pests, particularly buffalo gnats that are well known for their painful bites and human blood feeding habits.’
    • ‘Because of the hump visible behind their head when viewed in profile, black flies are also called buffalo gnats.’
    • ‘Black flies, also referred to as gnats or buffalo gnats, can be a serious problem because of their ability to bite.’