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  • Am I to infer that this word means "death by a gigantic worm sucking one's blood"?

    If so, it's more than a bit spiffy!

    August 11, 2010

  • ". . .and in Honolulu his fifth, Urbain, was a victim of hirudination, slain by a gigantic worm sucking his blood, totally draining him, so that as many as 20 transfusions would fail to bring him back." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010