sheeptick

or sheep tick

[ sheep-tik ]
/ ˈʃipˌtɪk /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. sheepshank,
  2. sheepshead,
  3. sheepshearing,
  4. sheepskin,
  5. sheepswool sponge,
  6. sheepwalk,
  7. sheer,
  8. sheer plan,
  9. sheerlegs,
  10. sheerly

Origin of sheeptick

1375–1425; late Middle English scheptyke; see sheep, tick2

Also called ked, sheep ked.

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British Dictionary definitions for sheep tick

sheep tick

noun

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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