American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly aquatic bloodsucking or carnivorous annelid worms of the class Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly used by physicians to bleed patients and is now sometimes used as a temporary aid to circulation during surgical reattachment of a body part.
- n. One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
- n. Archaic A physician.
- v. To bleed with leeches.
- v. To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
- v. To attach oneself to another in the manner of a leech.
- n. Nautical Either vertical edge of a square sail.
- n. Nautical The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A physician; a medical practitioner; a professor of the art of healing.
- To treat with medicaments; heal; doctor.
- n. An aquatic, more or less parasitic, and blood-sucking worm; a suctorial or discophorous annelid of the order Hirudinea. There are several families, many genera, and numerous species of these worms. Most of them live in fresh-water ponds and streams, some in moist herbage, and a few in the sea. The body is segmented as in other annelids, but the crosslines on the surface are only superficial, and do not correspond to the anatomical segmentation. There is a sucker at each end of the body, that at the head end being armed with biting jaws. The body is usually flattened, broadest toward the tail, but tapering to each end; the color is generally dark, variously mottled, striped, or dotted with lighter or brighter color. The ordinary medicinal leech belongs to a genus known as Hirudo or Sanguisuga, in which there are three jaws in the form of small white serrated teeth which inflict the peculiar triradiate leech-bite. The common brown, speckled, or English leech is H. or S. medicinalis (officinalis), of which the Hungarian green or officinal leech, H. or S. officinalis, is a variety. The European horse-leech is Hæmopis sanguisorba. Another species, Aulastoma gulo, is also called
horse-leech. Some leeches attain a length of 2½ feet, as Macrobdella valdiviana. Macrobdella decora is an American leech. Ichthyobdella punctata is a leech found on the whitefish in the Great Lakes. Leeches are used in medicine to extract blood by sucking it.
- n. Figuratively, one who, as it were, sucks the blood or steals the substance of his victim, or persistently holds on for sordid gain.
- To apply leeches to, for the purpose of bleeding.
- n. Nautical, the perpendicular or sloping edge of a sail. In fore-and-aft sails only the after edge is called the leech, the forward edge being called the luff.
- n. See leach.
- n. An aquatic blood-sucking annelid of class Hirudinea, especially Hirudo medicinalis.
- n. A person who derives profit from others, in a parasitic fashion.
- v. transitive To apply a leech medicinally, so that it sucks blood from the patient.
- v. transitive To drain (resources) without giving back.
- n. archaic A physician.
- n. paganism A healer.
- n. nautical The vertical edge of a square sail.
- n. nautical The aft edge of a triangular sail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See 2d leach.
- v. See leach, v. t.
- n. (Naut.) The border or edge at the side of a sail.
- n. Archaic A physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous genera and species of annulose worms, belonging to the order Hirudinea, or Bdelloidea, esp. those species used in medicine, as Hirudo medicinalis of Europe, and allied species.
- n. (Surg.) A glass tube of peculiar construction, adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum.
- v. Archaic To treat as a surgeon; to doctor.
- v. To bleed by the use of leeches.
- n. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
- n. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
- v. draw blood
- Middle English lek, leche, lyche, from Old Norse lík ("leechline"), from Proto-Germanic *līkan (compare West Frisian lyk ("band"), Dutch lijk ("boltrope"), Middle High German geleich ("joint, limb")), from Proto-Indo-European *leiĝ- ‘to bind’ (compare Latin ligō ("tie, bind"), Ukrainian налигати (nalýhaty, "to bridle, fetter"), Albanian lidh ("to bind")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English leche, physician, leech, from Old English lǣce. Middle English leche, probably from Middle Low German līk, leech line. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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