dog tick

noun

: any of several ticks commonly infesting dogs: such as

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, the lone star tick has a different shape than the dog tick and is much larger than the deer tick. Kevin Ambrose, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Deer ticks, dog ticks, and wood ticks can carry and transmit several types of diseases that affect both dogs and humans, from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Editors, Field & Stream, 3 Mar. 2020 When Clay started looking at ticks in the late 1990s, the dog tick was the only species found in this area. Michael Reschke, Indianapolis Star, 23 Dec. 2019 Lyric Bartholomay, professor in UW-Madison’s Departments of Comparative Biomedical Sciences and Entomology, said that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by dog ticks, also called wood ticks, that have long been ubiquitous across the state. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 July 2018 How to avoid ticks that spread disease Fellimi says the dog tick is less active in summer but people should still use insect repellant, avoid tall grass and check themselves for ticks after spending time outdoors. CBS News, 12 July 2018 Tick paralysis can be caused by several species of ticks, including deer ticks (which can also carry Lyme disease) and dog ticks (which can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever). Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, 11 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog tick was in 1909

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“Dog tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20tick. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

dog tick

noun
: a common North American tick especially of dogs and human beings that may transmit the bacterium causing Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia

Medical Definition

dog tick

noun
: any of several ticks infesting dogs and commonly other animals: as
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