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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breeze  \Breeze\,  Breeze  fly  \Breeze"  fly`\,  n.  [OE.  brese,  AS 
  bri['o]sa;  perh.  akin  to  OHG.  brimissa  G.  breme,  bremse,  D. 
  brems,  which  are  akin  to  G.  brummen  to  growl,  buzz,  grumble, 
  L.  fremere  to  murmur;  cf  G.  brausen,  Sw  brusa,  Dan.  bruse, 
  to  roar,  rush.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  fly  of  various  species,  of  the  family  {Tabanid[ae]},  noted 
  for  buzzing  about  animals,  and  tormenting  them  by  sucking 
  their  blood;  --  called  also  {horsefly},  and  {gadfly}.  They 
  are  among  the  largest  of  two-winged  or  dipterous  insects.  The 
  name  is  also  given  to  different  species  of  botflies.  [Written 
  also  {breese}  and  {brize}.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gadfly  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gadfly 
  n  1:  a  persistently  annoying  person  [syn:  {pest},  {blighter},  {cuss}, 
  {pesterer}] 
  2:  any  of  various  large  flies  that  annoy  livestock 




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