bdellatomy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Irregularly formed as the Ancient Greek βδέλλᾰ (bdélla, leech) + the English -tomy (from -τοµία (-toµía), -tomia, “a cutting”; from τέμνω (témnō), temnō, “I cut”); the etymological spelling is bdellotomy.

Noun[edit]

bdellatomy (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) The snipping off the tail of a leech engaged in sucking human blood, in order to let the blood run out of it and so increase its powers of drawing blood.