sheep tick

sheeptick

[sheep-tik]
noun
a wingless, bloodsucking, dipterous insect, Melophagus ovinus, that is parasitic on sheep.
Also, sheep tick.
Also called ked, sheep ked.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English scheptyke; see sheep, tick2

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sheep ked or sheep tick
 
n
a wingless dipterous fly, Melophagus ovinus, that is an external parasite of sheep: family Hippoboscidae
 
sheep tick or sheep tick
 
n

sheep tick
 
n
1.  a tick, Ixodes ricinus, that is parasitic on sheep, cattle, and man and transmits the disease louping ill in sheep
2.  another name for sheep ked

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