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tsetse fly

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noun tset·se fly \ˈ(t)set-sē-, ˈtet-, ˈ(t)sēt-, ˈtēt-\

Simple Definition of tsetse fly

  • : a kind of fly found in Africa that bites people and animals, sucks their blood, and can spread a serious disease (called sleeping sickness) to humans

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tsetse fly

  1. :  any of several dipteran flies (genus Glossina) that occur in Africa south of the Sahara and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes —called also tsetse — compare sleeping sickness

Origin and Etymology of tsetse fly

Afrikaans, from Tswana tsètsè fly


First Known Use: 1865

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Medical Dictionary

tsetse fly

noun tset·se fly

Medical Definition of tsetse fly

  1. :  any of several dipteran flies of the genus Glossina that occur in sub-Saharan Africa and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes (as those causing sleeping sickness and nagana)—called also tsetse




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