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-tick

noun
1. wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle [syn: sheep ked
2. parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete 
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