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  • n. Alternative spelling of tsetse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as tsetse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See tsetse.

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

  • n. bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.

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Examples

  • They were bitten by pismires an inch long, and by the unmerciful tzetze fly.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • Some enthusiastic entomologist will, perhaps, by and by discover that insects and worms are as essential as the larger organisms to the proper working of the great terraqueous machine, and we shall have as eloquent pleas in defence of the mosquito, and perhaps oven of the tzetze-fly, as Toussenel and Michelet have framed in behalf of the bird.

    Earth as Modified by Human Action, The~ Chapter 02 (historical)

  • A tzetze-fly (_Glossina morsitans_) was captured in Effuenta House, curiously deserting its usual habit of jungle-life in preference to a home on clear ground: its dagger-like proboscis, in the grooved sheath with a ganglion of muscles at the base, assimilated it to the dreaded and ferocious cattle-scourge which extends from Zanzibar to the Tanganyika Lake and from Kilwa (Quiloa) to the Transvaal.

    To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative

  • Some enthusiastic entomologist will, perhaps, by and by discover that insects and worms are as essential as the larger organisms to the proper working of the great terraqueous machine, and we shall have as eloquent pleas in defence of the mosquito, and perhaps oven of the tzetze-fly, as

    The Earth as Modified by Human Action

  • a highly-savoured red ant, and the _hahinni_, a large black formica terribly graveolent; flies like the tzetze, centipedes, scorpions, and venomous spiders, which make men 'writhe like cut worms.'

    To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative

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