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tse·tse fly(tsĕ′tsē, tsē′-)
Any of various two-winged bloodsucking flies of the genus Glossina of sub-Saharan Africa that transmit the trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock.
[Afrikaans, from Sotho (Tswana) tsêtsê.]
tsetse fly(ˈtsɛtsɪ) or
(Animals) any of various bloodsucking African dipterous flies of the genus Glossina, which transmit the pathogens of various diseases: family Muscidae
[C19: via Afrikaans from Tswana]
(or tzet′ze) fly`(ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt-, ˈtsi tsi, ˈti-)
any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, including some that are vectors of trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness and other diseases.Also called tset′se.
[1860–65; < Tswana tsètsè fly]
Any of several bloodsucking African flies that often carry and transmit the protozoans that cause sleeping sickness.