Now that summer is on its way, keep a lookout for this particular nuisance…
Informal. any of various insects that sting or bite, especially a large American mosquito, Psorophora ciliata.
“Deacon my calf! There’s that gallinipper of a prophet. Hey, you and God trading chin music these days, or did you go and get slewed again?”
— Vardis Fisher , Children of God , 1939
Gallinippers can grow to the size a quarter and have painful stings, which can feel “like you’re being stabbed,” Anthony Pelaez of Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry told Fox Orlando earlier this year.
— Douglas Main , “Meet the Gallinappers: Huge Mosquitoes Spotted in Florida,” Live Science , 2013
Gallinipper came to English in the late 1600s. Though its origins are uncertain, the second element of the word likely comes from the term nipper , which has referred to an animal that bites since the 1530s.