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Meaning of GADFLY

Pronunciation:  'gad`flI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various large flies that annoy livestock
  2. [n]  a persistently annoying person

GADFLY is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: blighter, cuss, pest, pesterer
 See Also: botfly, cleg, clegg, fly, horse fly, horsefly, nudnick, nudnik, persecutor, tormenter, tormentor, warble fly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gad"fly`\, n.; pl. {Gadflies}. [Gad + fly.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any dipterous insect of the genus {Oestrus}, and allied
genera of botflies.

Note: The sheep gadfly ({Oestrus ovis}) deposits its young in
      the nostrils of sheep, and the larv[ae] develop in the
      frontal sinuses. The common species which infests
      cattle ({Hypoderma bovis}) deposits its eggs upon or in
      the skin where the larv[ae] or bots live and produce
      sores called wormels. The gadflies of the horse produce
      the intestinal parasites called bots. See {Botfly}, and
      {Bots}. The true horseflies are often erroneously
      called gadflies, and the true gadflies are sometimes
      incorrectly called breeze flies.

{Gadfly petrel} (Zo["o]l.), one of several small petrels of
   the genus {Oestrelata}.

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