Part of speech: noun

Alarge fly that torments cattle. horsefly.

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Usage examples "gadfly":

  1. The philosopher said to the people of Athens: I am your gadfly. - "Best Russian Short Stories", Various.
  2. When we behold it active in a small town, or among a certain number of men within the range of our own observation, the goddess would seem to become as persistent as a gadfly, and no less fantastic. - "The Buried Temple", Maurice Maeterlinck.
  3. You can but try, she had said to the Gadfly; but I don't think anything will come of it. - "The Gadfly", E. L. Voynich.