tsetse fly

[ tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee- ]
/ ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti- /

noun

any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, that act as a vector of sleeping sickness and other trypanosome infections of humans and domestic animals.

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Origin of tsetse fly

First recorded in 1860–65, tsetse fly is from the Tswana word tsètsè fly
Also called tset·se, tzetze, glossina.
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British Dictionary definitions for tsetse fly

tsetse fly

tzetze fly

/ (ˈtsɛtsɪ) /

noun

any of various bloodsucking African dipterous flies of the genus Glossina, which transmit the pathogens of various diseases: family Muscidae

Word Origin for tsetse fly

C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana
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Medicine definitions for tsetse fly

tsetse fly

n.

Any of several two-winged bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, often carrying and transmitting pathogenic trypanosomes to humans and livestock.
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Science definitions for tsetse fly

tsetse fly
[ tsĕtsē ]

Any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, two species of which (G. palpalis and G. morsitans) often carry and transmit trypanosomes, the protozoans that cause sleeping sickness.
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