verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of leech1
OTHER WORDS FROM leechleechlike, adjective
Definition for leech (2 of 4)
Origin of leech2
Definition for leech (3 of 4)
Origin of leech3
Definition for leech (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for leech
Improper burial, Dove says, could mean that harmful bacteria are leeching into the waterways.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon|Carrie Arnold|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And not just in our air or leeching into our ocean, but potentially showing up on our plate.Radioactive Tuna Won’t Kill You—but Should We Be Concerned About Mercury?|Daniel Stone|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Leeching, however, is seldom needed, a hypodermic injection of morphia generally sufficing to relieve the pain.
No wonder gout was a common disease, and the overheated blood needed to be reduced by cupping and leeching.The Colonial Cavalier|Maud Wilder Goodwin
Then Leeching, after loading his pistol, went to work with his comrade for an hour or so.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
We feared, for a few minutes, that it really would be a case for a chirurgeon, with cupping and leeching and smelling salts.Plum Pudding|Christopher Morley
Cupping and leeching were less frequently practiced in the medieval period, although general bloodletting retained its popularity.
British Dictionary definitions for leech (1 of 2)
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft