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Meaning of LEECH

Pronunciation:  leech

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
  2. [n]  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
  3. [v]  draw blood; "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"

LEECH is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: bleed, bloodsucker, hirudinean, parasite, phlebotomise, phlebotomize, sponge, sponger
 See Also: annelid, annelid worm, care for, class Hirudinea, follower, Hirudinea, Hirudo medicinalis, horseleech, medicinal leech, segmented worm, treat



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Leech\ (l[=e]ch), n.
    See 2d {Leach}.
  2. \Leech\, v. t.
    See {Leach}, v. t.
  3. \Leech\, n. [Cf. LG. leik, Icel. l[=i]k, Sw. lik boltrope,
    st[*a]ende liken the leeches.] (Naut.)
    The border or edge at the side of a sail. [Written also
    {Leech line}, a line attached to the leech ropes of sails,
       passing up through blocks on the yards, to haul the
       leeches by. --Totten.
    {Leech rope}, that part of the boltrope to which the side of
       a sail is sewed.
  4. \Leech\, n. [OE. leche, l[ae]che, physician, AS. l[=ae]ce;
    akin to Fries. l[=e]tza, OHG. l[=a]hh[=i], Icel. l[ae]knari,
    Sw. l["a]kare, Dan. l[ae]ge, Goth. l[=e]keis, AS. l[=a]cnian
    to heal, Sw. l["a]ka, Dan. l[ae]ge, Icel. l[ae]kna, Goth.
    1. A physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing.
       [Written also {leach}.] [Archaic] --Spenser.
             Leech, heal thyself.                  --Wyclif (Luke
                                                   iv. 23).
    2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous genera and species of
       annulose worms, belonging to the order {Hirudinea}, or
       Bdelloidea, esp. those species
  5. \Leech\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leeched} (l[=e]cht); p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Leeching}.]
    1. To treat as a surgeon; to doctor; as, to leech wounds.
    2. To bleed by the use of leeches.
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