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tsetse fly

[tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-] /ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-/
any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, that act as a vector of sleeping sickness and other trypanosome infections of humans and domestic animals.
Also, tzetze fly.
Also called tsetse, tzetze, glossina.
Origin of tsetse fly
First recorded in 1860-65, tsetse fly is from the Tswana word tsètsè fly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tsetse fly
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  • It was to the effect that lions fat515 was a cure for the bite of the tsetse fly.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Besides, the tsetse fly, that destroyer of cattle, has appeared.

  • Fever and the tsetse fly had been too much for the expedition.

  • This district is largely infested with the tsetse fly, an insect whose sting means death to almost all domestic animals.

  • Herdsmen and their cattle cover the steppes and highlands, save where the tsetse fly prevents.

    The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois
  • The tsetse fly is no less a torment to cattle than the devil of the road is to the woe-begone traveler.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The lion—the boasted king of animals—makes a poor figure beside the tsetse fly in travellers records.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • Livingstones mules were bitten by the tsetse fly on Nyassa and died a miserable death from ulcers.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The grass has an oily, lemon taste, which the tsetse fly does not fancy, and he leaves the cleared section.

  • There are certain wide belts of land in Africa called the "tsetse fly belts," where horses, mules and cattle can not live.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for tsetse fly

tsetse fly

any of various bloodsucking African dipterous flies of the genus Glossina, which transmit the pathogens of various diseases: family Muscidae
Word Origin
C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tsetse fly

1849, probably via South African Dutch, from a Bantu language (cf. Setswana tsetse. Luyia tsiisi "flies").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tsetse fly in Medicine

tsetse fly tset·se fly or tzet·ze fly (tsět'sē, tsē'tsē)
Any of several two-winged bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, often carrying and transmitting pathogenic trypanosomes to humans and livestock.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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tsetse fly in Science
tsetse fly
Any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, two species of which (G. palpalis and G. morsitans) often carry and transmit trypanosomes, the protozoans that cause sleeping sickness.
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