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Originally Posted By: BranShea
What have gnats and rodents in common?

"Middle English, from Old English gnĉtt; akin to Old English gnagan to gnaw first known use: before 12th century"

Do gnats have jaws and teeth? What 's being gnawed?

"The gnatte is a litil fflye, and hatte culex..he soukeŝ blood and haŝ in his mouŝ a pipe, as hit were a pricke..And is a-countid a-mong volatiles..and greueŝ slepinge men wiŝ noyse & wiŝ bytinge and wakeŝ hem of here reste. [John of Trevisa, transl. of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]"