cattle tick

noun

: either of two ixodid ticks (Boophilus annulatus and B. microplus) that infest cattle and transmit the protozoan which causes Texas fever

Examples of cattle tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Asian longhorned tick, also known as the cattle tick or bush tick, was found in northern New Castle County in late June, according to a Wednesday press release from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cattle tick was in 1869

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“Cattle tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cattle%20tick. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

cattle tick

noun
: either of two ixodid ticks of the genus Boophilus (B. annulatus and B. microplus) that infest cattle and transmit the protozoan which causes Texas fever
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