Horse-leech

   Occurs only in Prov. 30:15 (Heb. alukah); the generic name for any blood-sucking annelid. There are various species in the marshes and pools of Palestine. That here referred to, the Hoemopis, is remarkable for the coarseness of its bite, and is therefore not used for medical purposes. They are spoken of in the East with feelings of aversion and horror, because of their propensity to fasten on the tongue and nostrils of horses when they come to drink out of the pools. The medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis), besides other species of leeches, are common in the waters of Syria.

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Horse leech — Leech Leech, n. [OE. leche, l[ae]che, physician, AS. l[=ae]ce; akin to Fries. l[=e]tza, OHG. l[=a]hh[=i], Icel. l[ae]knari, Sw. l[ a]kare, Dan. l[ae]ge, Goth. l[=e]keis, AS. l[=a]cnian to heal, Sw. l[ a]ka, Dan. l[ae]ge, Icel. l[ae]kna, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Horse-leech — n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large blood sucking leech ({H[ae]mopsis vorax}), of Europe and Northern Africa. It attacks the lips and mouths of horses. [1913 Webster] 2. A farrier; a veterinary surgeon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horse|leech — «HRS LEECH», noun. a large European leech, supposed to attack the mouths and noses of horses as they drink …   Useful english dictionary

  • horse leech — a leech of either genus Haemopis or Limnatis …   Medical dictionary

  • horse-leech — n. Farrier, horse doctor, veterinarian, veterinary surgeon …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • horse-leech — …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Leech — Leech, n. [OE. leche, l[ae]che, physician, AS. l[=ae]ce; akin to Fries. l[=e]tza, OHG. l[=a]hh[=i], Icel. l[ae]knari, Sw. l[ a]kare, Dan. l[ae]ge, Goth. l[=e]keis, AS. l[=a]cnian to heal, Sw. l[ a]ka, Dan. l[ae]ge, Icel. l[ae]kna, Goth. l[=e]kin[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Horse-leechery — Horse leech er*y, n. The business of a farrier; especially, the art of curing the diseases of horses. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • European Medical Leech — Taxobox name = European Medical Leech status = LR/nt status system = IUCN2.3 image width = 220px image caption = European Medical Leech in the wild regnum = Animalia phylum = Annelida classis = Clitellata ordo = Hirudinea familia = Hirudidae… …   Wikipedia


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