tsetse fly

[tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-]
noun
any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, that act as a vector of sleeping sickness and other trypanosome infections of humans and domestic animals.
Also, tzetze fly.
Also called tsetse, tzetze, glossina.


Origin:
1860–65; < Tswana tsètsè fly

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tsetse fly or tzetze fly (ˈtsɛtsɪ)
 
n
any of various bloodsucking African dipterous flies of the genus Glossina, which transmit the pathogens of various diseases: family Muscidae
 
[C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana]
 
tzetze fly or tzetze fly
 
n
 
[C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana]

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tsetse fly
1849, probably via S.African Du., from a Bantu language (cf. Setswana tsetse, Luyia tsiisi "flies").
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tsetse fly tset·se fly or tzet·ze fly (tsět'sē, tsē'tsē)
n.
Any of several two-winged bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, often carrying and transmitting pathogenic trypanosomes to humans and livestock.

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tsetse fly   (tsět'sē)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, two species of which (G. palpalis and G. morsitans) often carry and transmit trypanosomes, the protozoans that cause sleeping sickness.
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Livestock development is hindered by the presence of the tsetse fly.
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