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horseleech

[hawrs-leech] /ˈhɔrsˌlitʃ/
noun
1.
a large leech, as Haemopis marmoratis, that infests the mouth and nasal passages of horses.
Origin of horseleech
late Middle English
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, horseleech is from the late Middle English word horsleych. See horse, leech1
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  • Yet, as regarded men generally, Sally was a daughter of the horseleech!

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Sure you are the horseleech's true daughter, crying, "Give, give!"

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • They are always hanging upon us like an incubus; and yet like Solomon's daughters of the horseleech, are never satisfied.

  • A little "chippie" had on her hands the task of supplying the wants of that horseleech, young cow-bunting.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Like the daughters of the horseleech in the Proverbs, the requisition of every female now is, Contribute, Contribute.

  • And that was a long time ago—even before Solomon's day, when the horseleech's two daughters cried, 'Give, give!'

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford
  • She is become the horseleech's daughter and my mill doesn't grind fast enough to suit her.

  • Each incoming administration is bedeviled by hordes of applicants, as greedy as the daughters of the horseleech.

  • He is far more ravenous than "the horseleech, who always cries 'Give, give!'"

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • The door of the caf was guarded by two young and unbeautiful descendants of the horseleech's daughters.

    The Beggar's Purse Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for horseleech

horseleech

/ˈhɔːsˌliːtʃ/
noun
1.
any of several large carnivorous freshwater leeches of the genus Haemopis, esp H. sanguisuga
2.
an archaic name for a veterinary surgeon
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