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Related to leech: Leech therapy
bloodsucking worm; extortioner; sponger
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leach – to dissolve out substances; to percolate
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1. Any of various chiefly aquatic carnivorous or bloodsucking annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly widely used by physicians for therapeutic bloodletting.
2. One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
3. Archaic A physician.
v. leeched, leech·ing, leech·es
1. To bleed with leeches.
2. To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
To attach oneself to another in the manner of a leech.
1. Either vertical edge of a square sail.
2. The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
[Middle English leche, probably from Middle Low German līk, leech line; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Animals) any annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, which have a sucker at each end of the body and feed on the blood or tissues of other animals. See also horseleech, medicinal leech
2. a person who clings to or preys on another person
a. an archaic word for physician
b. (in combination): leechcraft.
4. cling like a leech to cling or adhere persistently to something
(Medicine) (tr) to use leeches to suck the blood of (a person), as a method of medical treatment
[Old English lǣce, lœce; related to Middle Dutch lieke]
(Nautical Terms) nautical the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail or either of the vertical edges of a squaresail
[C15: of Germanic origin; compare Dutch lijk]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. any bloodsucking annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, as the European Hirudo medicinalis, once used widely for bloodletting.
2. a person who clings to another for personal gain, esp. without giving anything in return; parasite.
3. Archaic. an instrument used for drawing blood.v.t.
4. to apply leeches to, so as to bleed.
5. to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech does; exhaust; deplete.
6. Archaic. to cure; heal.v.i.
7. to hang on to a person in the manner of a leech.
[before 900; Middle English leche, Old English lǣce; replacing (by association with leech2) Middle English liche, Old English lȳce, c. Middle Dutch lieke]
[before 1150; Middle English leche, Old English lǣce; c. Old Saxon lāki, Old High German lāhhi, Gothic lēkeis; akin to Old Norse lǣknir]
1. either of the lateral edges of a square sail.
2. the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
[1350–1400; leche, Middle English lich(e)]
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Any of various worms that live in water and suck blood from other animals, including humans. One species, the medicinal leech, has been used in bloodletting and in helping to heal wounds and surgical grafts. Leeches are annelids, related to earthworms.
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Past participle: leeched
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|Noun||1.||leech - carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end|
annelid, annelid worm, segmented worm - worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally
Hirudo medicinalis, medicinal leech - large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodletting
horseleech - any of several large freshwater leeches
|2.||leech - a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage|
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
|Verb||1.||leech - draw blood; "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"|
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
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noun parasite, hanger-on, sycophant, freeloader (slang), sponger (informal), ligger (slang), bloodsucker (informal) They're just a bunch of leeches cadging off others!
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leech[liːtʃ] N → sanguijuela f (also fig)
to stick to sb like a leech → pegarse a algn como una lapa
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leech[liːtʃ] n → sanguisuga
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a kind of blood-sucking worm. bloedsuier عَلَق пиявица sanguessuga pijavice der Blutegel igle βδέλλαsanguijuela kaan زالو juotikas sangsueעלוקה जोंक pijavica pióca lintah igla, blóðsuga sanguisuga ひる 거머리 dėlė dēle pacat bloedzuigeriglepijawka يو ډول چنجى چى خواړه يى وينه ده sanguessuga lipitoare пиявка pijavica pijavka pijavica blodigel ปลิง sülük 水蛭 п'явка خون چوسنے والا کیڑا con đỉa 水蛭
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n. sanguijuela, gusano anélido acuático chupador de sangre;
artificial ___ → ventosa.
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