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Tabanus

(tă-bā'nŭs),
The gadflies and horseflies; a genus of biting flies, some species of which transmit surra, infectious equine anemia, anthrax, and other diseases.
[L. a gadfly]

gadfly

(găd′flī′)
n.
Any of various flies, especially a warble fly, botfly, or horsefly, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals.

gadfly

(gad'fli?)
A fly belonging to the family Tabanidae that lays eggs under the skin of its victim, causing swelling simulating a boil. Multiple furuncles appear with hatching of larvae.
See: botfly; warble
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And, perhaps, as unlikely as it may be, historians are gadflies at times.
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They kicked around The Climbing Vines, Noisy Birdwomen, Homing Pigeons and Gadflies before Earhart, the club's first president, suggested they keep it simple - something like the total of the club's charter members, 99.
TO hear the opponents of San Fernando Valley cityhood tell it, the 111 intrepid souls seeking office in the new Valley government are little more than political misfits, the sort of gadflies who show up at public hearings and prattle on about water fluoridation or black helicopters.
Who would conservatives and self-serving gadflies like Bruce have to blame for their screw-ups if you didn't have us handy?
City Council members chatted idly while city business went on, lobbyists hovered nearby and gadflies complained - it was politics as usual as Los Angeles City Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time Thursday following a $300 million face lift.
After all, more gadflies are captured with honey than with vinegar.
The settlement, she said, was a victory for members of the public - those like Steffen unkindly referred to as gadflies.
Steps above gadflies, who are not officially tapped to share their civic thoughts, council board members are appointed by the mayor and serve two-year terms on boards with 13 members.