lone star tick

noun

Definition of lone star tick

: an ixodid tick (Amblyomma americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern U.S. that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the lone star tick population has exploded. Michael Reschke, Indianapolis Star, "Disease-causing tick common along Gulf Coast is now in Indiana, IU experts say," 23 Dec. 2019 Three species of ticks were used in the experiments: blacklegged ticks, the main spreaders of Lyme disease; lone star ticks and American dog ticks. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Tick-repelling clothes might actually stop the little blood-suckers, CDC says | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 The culprit is a small arachnid: the lone star tick. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Maine on the lookout for ticks that cause red-meat allergy," 25 June 2018 The red-meat allergy isn't the only ailment spread by the lone star tick. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Maine on the lookout for ticks that cause red-meat allergy," 25 June 2018 The lone star tick is found in much of the eastern U.S., but is most common in the South. CBS News, "Red meat allergy transmitted by lone star ticks on the rise," 5 July 2018 Along with more typical varieties found in this area, such as the American dog tick and the deer tick, vets are seeing more cases involving lone star ticks, which are easily identified by the white star-like marking on their backs, Stover said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Influx of ticks this spring prompts alerts from Kane County Health Department," 9 June 2018 The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, can transmit ehrlichiosis and tularemia. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "New Jersey's first 'tick blitz' census shows disease-carrying pest is spreading," 6 June 2018 The second most common tick is the lone star tick, also known as the seed tick, turkey tick or deer 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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1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Lone star tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lone%20star%20tick. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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lone star tick

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\ ˈlōn-ˈstär- How to pronounce lone star tick (audio) \

Medical Definition of lone star tick

: an ixodid tick of the genus Amblyomma (A. americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern United States that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

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