Horse-leech

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Horse-leech A farrier; a veterinary surgeon.
    • Horse-leech (Zoöl) A large blood-sucking leech (Hæmopsis vorax), of Europe and Northern Africa. It attacks the lips and mouths of horses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n horse-leech A large leech, as Hæmopsis sanguisorba or Aulastoma gulo.—
    • n horse-leech A horse-doctor, veterinary surgeon, or farrier.
    • n horse-leech An inveterate beggar or dun; an extortionate person; one who makes incessant demands or drafts upon another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Horse-leech a large species of leech, so named from its fastening on horses when wading in the water: a bloodsucker (Prov. xxx. 15)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hors; Ice. horss, Old High Ger. hros (Ger. ross).

Usage

In literature:

Thou thyself art a very daughter of a horse-leech with a canteen of whisky.
"The Red Acorn" by John McElroy
There is no horse-leech that sticks so fast as your latter-day Philistine.
"Framley Parsonage" by Anthony Trollope
Like the horse-leech's daughters, they cry 'Give, give.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Is justice a'daughter of the horse-leech'?
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
The other messenger was to take the leech back again in the light chariot with the fast horses to the suffering Mukaukas.
"The Bride of the Nile, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Perhaps no girl in the world was less like the popular portrait of a fat horse-leech's daughter than this girl, Carlisle Heth.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The water was clear, but it contained a live horse-leech.
"Punch, or The London Charivari, Volume 101, October 31, 1891" by Various
My present necessities are imperative: like the daughters of the horse-leech, they are continually asking for more.
"The Argosy" by Various
There was yet McBain, the horse-leech of a lawyer who had beaten him out of his claim.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
We have not stood everlastingly hat in hand, crying, like the daughter of the horse-leech, Give, give.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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In poetry:

A slimy pool all rank with rotting weeds,
Close by the pines there at the highway side;
No ripple on its green and stagnant tide,
Where only cold and still the horse-leech breeds--
Ugh! might not here some bloody murder hide!
"The Raven" by Walter Richard Cassels