- gnat used once.
- Bible Reference: Matthew 23:24
- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: No
- G2971 Used 1 time
Only in Matthew 23:24, a small two-winged stinging fly of the genus Culex, which includes mosquitoes. Our Lord alludes here to the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common use, "who strain out the gnat;" the words in the Authorized Version, "strain at a gnat," being a mere typographical error, which has been corrected in the Revised Version. The custom of filtering wine for this purpose was common among the Jews. It was founded on Leviticus 11:23. It is supposed that the "lice," Exodus 8:16 (marg. R.V., "sand-flies"), were a species of gnat.
a species of mosquito mentioned only in the proverbial expression used by our Saviour in (Matthew 23:21)
GNAT, noun nat. A small insect, or rather a genus of insects, the Culex, whose long cylindric body is composed of eight rings. They have six legs and their mouth is formed by a flexible sheath, inclosing bristles pointed like stings. The sting is a tube containing five or six spicula of exquisite fineness, dentated or edged. The most troublesome of this genus is the musketoe.
1. Any thing proverbially small.
Ye blind guides, who strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Matthew 23:24.
GNAT'FLOWER, noun A flower, called also bee-flower.
GNAT'SNAPPER, noun A bird that catches gnats.
GNAT'WORM, noun A small water insect produced by a gnat, and which after its several changes is transformed into a gnat; the larva of a gnat.