wood tick


Definition of wood tick

: any of several ixodid ticks: such as
a : a widely distributed tick (Dermacentor andersonii) of western North America that is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Examples of wood tick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Nine Ways to Protect Your Dog from Ticks and Fleas," 3 Mar. 2020 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, "Don't panic over first Rocky Mountain spotted fever death in Wisconsin, but be careful," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of wood tick

1668, in the meaning defined above

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“Wood tick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20tick. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of wood tick

: any of several ixodid ticks: as

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