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[hawrs-leech] /ˈhɔrsˌlitʃ/
a large leech, as Haemopis marmoratis, that infests the mouth and nasal passages of horses.
Origin of horseleech
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English horsleych. See horse, leech1 Unabridged
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  • Sure you are the horseleech's true daughter, crying, "Give, give!"

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • A little "chippie" had on her hands the task of supplying the wants of that horseleech, young cow-bunting.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Yet, as regarded men generally, Sally was a daughter of the horseleech!

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Like the daughters of the horseleech in the Proverbs, the requisition of every female now is, Contribute, Contribute.

  • Each incoming administration is bedeviled by hordes of applicants, as greedy as the daughters of the horseleech.

  • And that was a long time ago—even before Solomon's day, when the horseleech's two daughters cried, 'Give, give!'

    Arethusa F. Marion Crawford
  • horseleech, to be candid, far from being a clever fellow, is one of the most barren rascals on record.

  • She is become the horseleech's daughter and my mill doesn't grind fast enough to suit her.

  • He is far more ravenous than "the horseleech, who always cries 'Give, give!'"

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • The door of the caf was guarded by two young and unbeautiful descendants of the horseleech's daughters.

    The Beggar's Purse Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for horseleech


any of several large carnivorous freshwater leeches of the genus Haemopis, esp H. sanguisuga
an archaic name for a veterinary surgeon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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