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horseleech

[ hawrs-leech ]
/ ˈhɔrsˌlitʃ /
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noun

a large leech, as Haemopis marmoratis, that infests the mouth and nasal passages of horses.

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Origin of horseleech

First recorded in 1400–50, horseleech is from the late Middle English word horsleych.See horse, leech1
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British Dictionary definitions for horseleech

horseleech
/ (ˈhɔːsˌliːtʃ) /

noun

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