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 for Gadfly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Gadfly \Gad"fly`\ (g[a^]d"fl[imac]`), n.; pl. Gadflies. [Gad +
     fly.] (Zool.)
     Any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied
     genera of botflies.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
     Gadfly petrel (Zool.), one of several small petrels of the
        genus Oestrelata.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.] (Zool.)
     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.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a persistently annoying person [syn: pest, blighter,
           cuss, pesterer, gadfly]
      2: any of various large flies that annoy livestock

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "gadfly":
     abettor, actuator, animator, cajoler, coax, coaxer, encourager,
     energizer, firer, gad, galvanizer, goad, impeller, inducer,
     inspirer, lash, mover, moving spirit, oxgoad, persuader, pleader,
     prick, prime mover, prod, prompter, rowel, spark, spark plug,
     sparker, spur, stimulator, sting, tempter, wheedler, whip,

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