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Sheep-tick   /ʃip-tɪk/   Listen

Wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle.  Synonyms: Melophagus Ovinus, sheep ked, sheep tick.
Parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete.  Synonyms: Ixodes ricinus, sheep tick.

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"Sheep-tick" Quotes from Famous Books

... of the dogs, there was no mistake but Fenwick Major could work. His father was a parson—white hair on his shoulders, venerable old boy, all that sort of thing. Had coached Fenwick till he was full as a sheep-tick. So he got two medals that session, and the fellows—his own set—gave him a supper—whisky-toddy, and we'll not go home till morning—that style! But most of them wouldn't even go home when it was morning. They went down to the Royal and tried to break in with sticks—young fools! ...
— Bog-Myrtle and Peat - Tales Chiefly Of Galloway Gathered From The Years 1889 To 1895 • S.R. Crockett

Words linked to "Sheep-tick" :   louse fly, genus Ixodes, ixodid, Melophagus Ovinus, hard tick, hippoboscid, Melophagus, sheep ked, genus Melophagus, Ixodes, Ixodes ricinus

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