horse-leech

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horse-leech (plural horse-leeches)

  1. (obsolete) A veterinarian for horses.
  2. A type of sucking worm, Haemopis sanguisuga, larger than the common leech.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.5.1.vi:
      Some use horse-leeches behind the ears, and apply opium to the place.

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