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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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So these journalist gadflies grabbed their readers' attention with sensationalist exposes about the malignancy of corporate monopolies and the venality of the politicians they owned.
These godly gadflies, despised for the sin of prophesying against the state, blasted the greed of landowners who coveted and seized the homes of the poor, the usury of moneylenders who drove their debtors into penury, the deceit of merchants who defrauded widows and aliens, the cruelty of tyrants who oppressed their peoples, and the venality of priests, judges, and court prophets whose services were always for sale to the highest bidder.
One-sided gadflies, so it seems, are commonly preferred over gadflies who engage in critiques of their own ideas as well as appraisals of the beliefs of their family members.
Undoubtedly, we may assume--even if such is partially unfounded--we are gadflies if we measure ourselves by the thinking we sometimes see in general society.
Councilman Jack Weiss, who introduced the proposal, said he introduced the ban after one of the gadflies, Michael Hunt, appeared at a recent council meeting wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume.
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.
The mayor also changed the way the board will handle public comment and its closed sessions, putting those at the end of the monthly meeting, instead of the start, where the agency's notable string of critics and gadflies regularly and loudly flog the board for its misdeeds and missteps.
The gadflies whose words prompted the motion are outraged, too.
Among the people who can be found on the quarterly list issued by the Judicial Council of California are gadflies, those obsessed with single causes and serial litigants who've filed dozens of suits seeking damages.