sheep ked

noun
\ ˈshēp-ˌked How to pronounce sheep ked (audio) \

Definition of sheep ked

: a wingless bloodsucking dipteran fly (Melophagus ovinus) that feeds chiefly on sheep and is a vector of sheep trypanosomiasis

called also sheep tick

First Known Use of sheep ked

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sheep ked

sheep + ked sheep ked, of unknown origin

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“Sheep ked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheep%20ked. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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sheep ked

noun

Medical Definition of sheep ked

: a wingless bloodsucking hippoboscid fly of the genus Melophagus (M. ovinus) that feeds chiefly on sheep and is a vector of sheep trypanosomiasis

called also ked, sheep tick

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