from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Closely woven gaiters worn as a protection from land-leeches in Ceylon.
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Although the leeches in Ceylon are excessively annoying, and numerous among the dead leaves of the jungle and the high grass, they are easily guarded against by means of leech-gaiters: these are wide stockings, made of drill or some other light and close material, which are drawn over the foot and trowsers up to the knee, under which they are securely tied.
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