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<tool> An Ada compiler written in Ada using the gcc code generator to allow easy porting to a variety of platforms. Gnat is the only Ada compiler that completely implements the Ada standard, including all the annexes.

The compiler is released under the GNU license and is currently maintained by Ada Core Technologies (ACT).

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1. <zoology> A blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex, undergoing a metamorphosis in water. The females have a proboscis armed with needlelike organs for penetrating the skin of animals. These are wanting in the males. In America they are generally called mosquitoes. See Mosquito.

2. Any fly resembling a Culex in form or habits; especially, in America, a small biting fly of the genus Simulium and allies, as the buffalo gnat, the black fly, etc.

<zoology> Gnat catcher, a bird that catches gnats. Gnat strainer, a person ostentatiously punctilious about trifles. Cf.

Origin: AS. Gnaet.

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