from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of leeches, including the common medicinal leech. See leech.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A representative genus of leeches, giving name to the family Hirudinidæ and order Hirudinea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the family Hirudinidae
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Halifax_ (1775, 4to., p. 257.), in describing the High Sunderland, an ancient mansion near Halifax, formerly the residence of the Sunderlands, he notices that "over the north door is written, _Ne subeat Glis serdus_, a mistake for _surdus_; and over a door on the south side, _Ne entret amicus hirudo_."
No school ever can prosper in which that _hirudo_, called
Alintah, water-leech (hirudo); achih, small land-leech, dropping from the leaves of trees whilst moist with dew, and troublesome to travellers in passing through the woods.
The leech, hirudo, and the remora, echeneis, adhere strongly to objects probably by a similar method.
The bare-legged travellers in Ceylon are said to be much infested by leeches; and the sea-leech, hirudo muricata, is said to adhere to fish, and the remora is said to adhere to ships in such numbers as to retard their progress.