sheep ked

noun

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

called also sheep tick

Word History

Etymology

sheep + ked sheep ked, of unknown origin

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheep ked was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Sheep ked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheep%20ked. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

sheep ked

noun
: 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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