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1leech

noun \ˈlēch\

Definition of LEECH

1
archaic :  physician, surgeon
2
[from its former use by physicians for bleeding patients] :  any of numerous carnivorous or bloodsucking usually freshwater annelid worms (class Hirudinea) that have typically a flattened lanceolate segmented body with a sucker at each end
3
:  a hanger-on who seeks advantage or gain
leech·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of LEECH

Middle English leche, from Old English ̄ce; akin to Old High German lāhhi physician
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog

2leech

verb

Definition of LEECH

transitive verb
1
:  to bleed by the use of leeches
2
:  to drain the substance of :  exhaust
intransitive verb
:  to attach oneself to a person as a leech

First Known Use of LEECH

1641

3leech

noun \ˈlēch\

Definition of LEECH

1
:  either vertical edge of a square sail
2
:  the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail

Variants of LEECH

leech also leach \ˈlēch\

Origin of LEECH

Middle English leche; akin to Middle Low German līk boltrope
First Known Use: 15th century

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debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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