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tsetse fly

[ tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee- ]
/ ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti- /
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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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Also tzetze fly .
Also called tsetse, tzetze, glossina .

Origin of tsetse fly

First recorded in 1845–50; from Afrikaans, from Tswana tsêtsê + fly1
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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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Scientific 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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