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  Definition of leech
  1. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
  2. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  3. draw blood; "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
Similar Words: bloodsucker, hirudinean, parasite, sponge, sponger, bleed, phlebotomize, phlebotomise

 

Hyponyms: medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, horseleech

 

Member Meronyms: Hirudinea, class Hirudinea

 

Derivational Morphology: bleed, phlebotomize, phlebotomise, mooch, bum, cadge, grub, sponge, venesection, phlebotomy, bloodsucker, hirudinean

 

Language Translations:
Afrikaans: Bloedsuier   Basque: izain  
Bulgarian: пиявица   Chinese: 蚂蟥  
Croatian: pijavica   Danish: blodigle  
Dutch: bloedzuiger   Esperanto: hirudo  
Finnish: juotikas   French: sangsue  
Georgian: წურბელა   German: Blutegel  
Greek: βδέλλα   Hebrew: עלוקה  
Hindi: जोंक   Hungarian: pióca  
Icelandic: blóðsuga   Ido: sanguisugo  
Indonesian: lintah   Italian: sanguisuga  
Japanese: ヒル   Korean: 거머리  
Latin: hirudo   Malayalam: നീരട്ട  
Polish: pijawka   Portuguese: sanguessuga  
Russian: пиявка   Serbian: пијавица  
Slovak: pijavica   Slovene: pijavka  
Spanish: sanguijuela   Swedish: igel  
Turkish: sülük   Ukrainian: п'явка  
Vietnamese: đỉa  
 
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