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Gadfly

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Gádfly. n.s. [gad and fly; but by Skinner, who makes it the original of gad, goadfly. Supposed to be originally from goad, in Saxon ʒad, and fly.] A fly that when he stings the cattle make them gad or run madly about; the breese.

The fly called the gadfly breedeth of somewhat that swimeth upon the top of the water, and is most about ponds. Bac.

Light fly his slumbers, if perchance a flight
Of angry gadflies fasten on the herd.
Thomson's Summer.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Thomson, James (73)

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