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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wingless louselike fly (Melophagus ovinus) that is parasitic to sheep, causing skin irritations that result in loss of wool. Also called sheep ked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a wingless parasitic insect (Melophagus ovinus) belonging to the Diptera. It fixes its proboscis in the skin of the sheep and sucks the blood, leaving a swelling. Called also sheep pest, and sheep louse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pupiparous dipterous insect of the family Hippoboscid├Ž, Melophagus ovinus, which infests sheep.
  • n. Same as sheep-louse, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete
  • n. wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle
  • n. parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete
  • n. wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle

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