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  • The ass dreadfully opened its wide jaws, drove away the flies that plagued it, winced, flounced, went back, and bestirred itself in a most terrible manner, as if some damned gad-bee had stung it at the breech.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • OEstrum is not only a Greek word for madness, but signifies also a gad-bee or horse-fly, that torments cattle in the summer, and makes them run about as if they were mad.



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  • The coat-of-arms of GARLINGTON, Herefordshire, is emblazoned thusly: sable, three gad-bees volant argent.

    October 4, 2011