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:
a : deer tick
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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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

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:
a : deer tick

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