tsetse fly

noun tset·se fly \ ˈ(t)set-sē- , ˈtet- , ˈ(t)sēt- , ˈtēt- \

Definition of tsetse fly

:any of several dipteran flies (genus Glossina) that occur in Africa south of the Sahara and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes called also tsetse; compare sleeping sickness

Origin and Etymology of tsetse fly

Afrikaans, from Tswana tsètsè fly


TSETSE FLY Defined for English Language Learners

tsetse fly

noun

Definition of tsetse fly for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of fly found in Africa that bites people and animals, sucks their blood, and can spread a serious disease (called sleeping sickness) to humans


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tsetse fly

noun

medical Definition of tsetse fly

:any of several dipteran flies of the genus Glossina that occur in sub-Saharan Africa and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes (as those causing sleeping sickness and nagana) called also tsetse

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