What does the word gadfly mean?

  • A generic name for insects whose larvae infest domesticated animals. The larvae of the Common g. ( Hypoderma bovis) is the warble or wormil, burrowing in the backs of horses and cattle; those of the Horse-g. ( Gastrophilus equi, botfly) cause bots in the stomach of the horse; and those of the Sheep-g. ( Oestru ovis) infest the nostrils of sheep.

Usage examples for gadfly

  1. The Gadfly looked up with a sudden flash of anger. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  2. The Gadfly was holding out a hand to him. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  3. Then the Gadfly said in a very low voice: " Signora Bolla!" – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  4. The Gadfly opened his eyes. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  5. Thence, by the gadfly maddened, forth she flies Unto far lands and alien peoples driven And, following fate, through paths of foam and surge, Sees, as she goes, the cleaving strait divide Greece, from the Eastland riven. – Suppliant Maidens and Other Plays by AEschylus

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