noun Bdel·lo·nys·sus \ˌde-lə-ˈni-səs\

Definition of Bdellonyssus

  1. :  a genus of mites (family Dermanyssidae) parasitic on vertebrates and including serious pests (such as B. bursa and B. sylviarum) of domestic fowl and the tropical rat mite

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Origin and Etymology of bdellonyssus

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek bdélla “leech” + New Latin -o- -o- + -nyssus (as in Dermanyssus dermanyssus) Genus name introduced by the Brazilian acarologist Flávio da Fonseca (1900-63) in “Notas de acareologia XXXIV. Posição do gênero Liponissus Kolenati em face das espécies tropicais; seu desdobramento em novos gêneros (Acari, Liponissidae),” Ciencia: Revista hispano-americana de Ciencias puras y aplicadas (México, D.F.), vol. 2, nos. 6-7 (25 de julio de 1941), pp. 262-65.

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to cast off or become cast off

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