horse-leech definition

  • noun:
    • A veterinarian for ponies.
    • A type of sucking worm, Haemopis sanguisuga, bigger than the normal leech.
    • A large blood-sucking leech (Hæmopsis vorax), of European countries and Northern Africa. It attacks the mouth and mouths of horses.
    • A farrier; a veterinary physician.
    • a less effective European leech (Hæmopis vorax), generally assaulting the membrane that lines the interior of the lips and nostrils of creatures that beverage at swimming pools in which it lives.
    • A large leech, as Hæmopsis sanguisorba or Aulastoma gulo.—
    • A horse-doctor, veterinary physician, or farrier.
    • An inveterate beggar or dun; an extortionate person; a person who tends to make incessant demands or drafts upon another.
    • any of several big freshwater leeches

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