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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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Or, perhaps, we may think that Wagner offers us neither the ideas of a gadfly nor a horsefly but, instead, those of a barfly.
The gadfly delivers a stinging three-count indictment of the contemporary scientific community and adduces a large body of evidence to support it.
He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a respected authority on all things networking - every bit the gadfly goading the forces of technophobic conservatism.
But the diver's surname was spelt wrongly after someone mistook Peggy Gadsby's surname for Peggy Gadfly.
Lester Kinsolving lives up to his reputation as a gadfly.
A local gadfly and publisher of a political newsletter, Allen, 66, is carrying out a one-man crusade against what he thinks is government waste.
Because,as is well-known, the gadfly is a notorious bloodsucke r, and the UKIP managed to drain some of the lifeblood out of the three main parties, who seem to regard anyone who stands in their way as trespassers and upstarts merely playing at politics.
Wayne Morse in ``American Gadfly,'' written by Charles Deemer.
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Perhaps the most prominent exemplar of this sort of ideological evolution is writer/commentator David Horowitz, whose long, eventful trip from '60s leftist to right-wing gadfly has been amply chronicled.
TUC general secretary John Monks said: "Clive Jenkins was a one-off, an intellectual gadfly who drove forward the growth of trade unionism amongst white collar and professional workers with enthusiasm, wit and style.
TUC leader John Monks said: "Clive Jenkins was a one-off - an intellectual gadfly who drove forward the growth of unionism among white-collar and professional workers with enthusiasm, wit and style.