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horseleech

[ hawrs-leech ]

noun

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


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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Word History and Origins

Origin of horseleech1

First recorded in 1400–50, horseleech is from the late Middle English word horsleych. See horse, leech 1

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Example Sentences

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

Morales had, however, made his horseleech nature tolerably plain already, and Appleby decided to stand firm.

Horseleech, to be candid, far from being a clever fellow, is one of the most barren rascals on record.

Here is expressed the extremity of necessitous extortions, figured in the ancient fable of the full and the hungry horseleech.

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

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