or sheep tick

[ sheep-tik ]
/ ˈʃipˌtɪk /


a wingless, bloodsucking, dipterous insect, Melophagus ovinus, that is parasitic on sheep.



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Also called ked, sheep ked.

Origin of sheeptick

1375–1425; late Middle English scheptyke; see sheep, tick2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sheep tick

sheep tick


a tick, Ixodes ricinus, that is parasitic on sheep, cattle, and man and transmits the disease louping ill in sheep
another name for sheep ked
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