n.1.Some kind of stinging or biting insect, as a flea, a gnat, a sandfly, or the like.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The other inclusion like this occurs just 160 lines previously, in the description of the third plague, for which the Douay-Rheims chooses the obscure Greek loan-word 'sciniph' to describe the insects which the Authorized King James Version designates simply 'lice'.