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horseleech Syllabification: horse·leech
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrsˌlēCH/

Definition of horseleech in English:


A large predatory leech of freshwater and terrestrial habitats that feeds on carrion and small invertebrates.
  • Genus Haemopis, family Hirudidae
Example sentences
  • These men were looked upon as ‘ravening wolves, horseleeches and shearers,’ from whom no man was safe.
  • As the horseleech is never satisfied, often continuing to gorge itself until it bursts, so self-love is never contented, crying ‘Give, give.’
  • Pistol once again brings attention to the seamy side of war, in his declaration that in France they will be like horseleeches, sucking blood.
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