bdellatomy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Irregularly formed as Ancient Greek βδέλλᾰ(bdélla, leech) + -tomy (from -τοµία(-toµía, a cutting); from τέμνω(témnō, 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.