gadfly

Deer botfly (Cephenemyia stimulator)

Noun

  • Any dipterous insect of the family Oestridae, commonly known as botflies.
  • A horsefly: any of various species of fly, of the family Tabanidae, noted for buzzing about animals and sucking their blood.
  • One who upsets the status quo by posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempts to stimulate innovation by proving an irritant.
  • One who merely irritates without making useful suggestions.
  • A bloodsucker; a person who takes without giving back.

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