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[glo-sahy-nuh, -see-, glaw-]
  1. tsetse fly.
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Origin of glossina

1885–90; < New Latin: genus name, so called from its long proboscis; see gloss-, -ina2
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Historical Examples of glossina

  • One of the worst is the tsetse (Glossina morsitans), immortalised by Livingstone.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • The Glossina morsitans abounds on the banks of the African river, the Zambesi, frequenting the bushes and reeds that border it.

    The Insect World

    Louis Figuier

  • A few remarks on the Tsetse, or 'Glossina morsitans', may here be appropriate.

  • This insect—the 'Glossina moritans' of the naturalists—deserves a special paragraph.

  • For the Glossina morsitans sleeps by night beneath leaves in the bush, and only wakes when disturbed.

glossina in Medicine


  1. A genus of bloodsucking dipterous flies comprising the tsetse flies of tropical and subtropical Africa; they serve as vectors of the pathogenic trypanosomes that cause various forms of African trypanosomiasis.
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