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From Middle English horseleche, horse leche (horse doctor; bloodsucker, leech), equivalent to horse +‎ leech.


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, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      Some use horse-leeches behind the ears, and apply opium to the place.

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