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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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However, I suppose being labeled a gadfly puts me in company with Socrates in "Plato s Apology.
Potts, From a Gadfly to a Hornet: Academic Freedom, Humane Education, and the Intellectual Life of Joseph Kinmont Hart (Charlotte: Information Age Publishing, 2016), xvi, xxxviii.
Murrow may or may not appear to be an early twenty-first century gadfly to us.
Commission on Civil Rights, Berry never stopped being an irritant and a gadfly.
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We can draw energy, inspiration, and strategies from the gadfly who launched the Western tradition of independent thinking 2,500 years ago.
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After paying tribute to American icon Woody Guthrie on the triumphant Mermaid Avenue albums, genial gadfly Billy Bragg returns to his home turf.
The gadfly dandy Buckle had no such worthy inclinations.
This forthright and very readable autobiography confirms my earlier assessment, but enlarges the picture to show much more than just an ecclesiastical gadfly.
In looking it over, one would be hard pressed to identify Gadfly as a publication produced by a religious organization.
What could be worse than sitting through another dreary annual meeting, where the resident corporate gadfly turns up every year and asks what the company is doing to protect the rain forest and has to be reminded every year that companies based in rural Tennessee that happen to be in the precision-tools business don't actually have all that much to do with the fate of the rain forest, but thanks for the thought?