dog tick

noun
any of a variety of ticks, as the American dog tick, that commonly infest dogs and may transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tularemia to humans.

Origin:
1545–55

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Look carefully for the white markings of the dog tick.
The brown dog tick is dark, shiny, and has no markings.
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