black-legged tick

noun
\ ˈblak-ˈlegd- How to pronounce black-legged tick (audio) , -ˈlāgd-; -ˈle-gəd-, -ˈlā- \

Definition of black-legged tick

: either of two ixodid ticks:
b : a tick (Ixodes pacificus) of the western U.S. and British Columbia that is the vector of several diseases (such as Lyme disease)

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Recent Examples on the Web Yes, the deer is the primary carrier of the black-legged tick. cleveland, "Big turnout for Highland Heights deer meeting; culling plan could be approved at Feb. 11 meeting," 6 Feb. 2020 According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, there are many species of ticks in Indiana, but the three most common are the American dog tick, lone star tick and the black-legged tick. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Tick season: What you need to know to keep yourself, and your dog, safe," 23 May 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Black-legged tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-legged%20tick. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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black-legged tick

noun
\ ˈblak-ˈlegd-, -ˈlāgd-; -ˈleg-əd-, -ˈlā-gəd- How to pronounce black-legged tick (audio) \

Medical Definition of black-legged tick

: either of two ixodid ticks:

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