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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Horse-leech  \Horse"-leech`\,  n. 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  large  blood-sucking  leech  ({H[ae]mopsis 
  vorax}),  of  Europe  and  Northern  Africa.  It  attacks  the 
  lips  and  mouths  of  horses. 
 
  2.  A  farrier;  a  veterinary  surgeon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  horseleech 
  n  :  any  of  several  large  freshwater  leeches 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Horse-leech 
  occurs  only  in  Prov.  30:15  (Heb.  'alukah);  the  generic  name  for 
  any  blood-sucking  annelid.  There  are  various  species  in  the 
  marshes  and  pools  of  Palestine.  That  here  referred  to  the 
  Hoemopis,  is  remarkable  for  the  coarseness  of  its  bite,  and  is 
  therefore  not  used  for  medical  purposes.  They  are  spoken  of  in 
  the  East  with  feelings  of  aversion  and  horror,  because  of  their 
  propensity  to  fasten  on  the  tongue  and  nostrils  of  horses  when 
  they  come  to  drink  out  of  the  pools.  The  medicinal  leech  (Hirudo 
  medicinalis),  besides  other  species  of  leeches,  are  common  in 
  the  waters  of  Syria. 
 




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