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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fly of the division Tanystomata, as a gadfly, breeze, or cleg. See Tabanid√¶.


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  • I love the OED's definition: 'A fly of Latreille's second family of Diptera, Tanystomata, including the gad-flies and their allies.' Allies? Those flies have a more sophisticated social structure than meets the eye.

    September 28, 2008