Middle English Dictionary Entry

gnat n.
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(a) Any of various small, flying insects; esp. the European gnat (Culex pipiens); (b) as a symbol of something small or inconsequential; clensen (sen) the ~ and swolwen the flie (camel), to strain at a gnat and swallow a fly (camel); (c) ~ net, a net to keep out gnats; (d) as surname; (e) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.204].