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horse·leech

 (hôrs′lēch′)
n.
Any of several large leeches of the genus Haemopis.
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horseleech

(ˈhɔːsˌliːtʃ)
n
1. (Animals) any of several large carnivorous freshwater leeches of the genus Haemopis, esp H. sanguisuga
2. (Veterinary Science) an archaic name for a veterinary surgeon
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Noun1.horseleech - any of several large freshwater leeches
bloodsucker, hirudinean, leech - carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
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Beyond all the metaphors that have passed into our speech--all the ponytails and tantivies, the horsebeans, horseleeches, and horselaughs, beyond all the junkies shooting white horse and all the cutpurses hung from the mare foaled of an acorn--beyond that there is, most excellent of all, the terminology, the words we have evolved in order to live in such close association with these beings for such a long time, to be able to talk about them and what they do: piebald and roan, withers and farrier, crupper and martingale.