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tsetse fly

[tset-see, tet-, tsee-tsee, tee-] /ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-/
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 of tsetse fly
1860-65; < Tswana tsètsè fly Unabridged
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  • Livestock development is hindered by the presence of the tsetse fly.
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tsetse fly

any of various bloodsucking African dipterous flies of the genus Glossina, which transmit the pathogens of various diseases: family Muscidae
Word Origin
C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana
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Word Origin and History for tsetse

tsetse fly


1849, probably via South African Dutch, from a Bantu language (cf. Setswana tsetse. Luyia tsiisi "flies").

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tsetse in Medicine

tsetse fly tset·se fly or tzet·ze fly (tsět'sē, tsē'tsē)
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 in Science
tsetse fly
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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