Meaning of horseleech in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɔːsliːtʃ/


  • A large predatory leech of freshwater and terrestrial habitats which feeds on carrion and small invertebrates.

    Genus Haemopis, family Hirudidae

    ‘These men were looked upon as ‘ravening wolves, horseleeches and shearers,’ from whom no man was safe.’
    • ‘As the horseleech is never satisfied, often continuing to gorge itself until it bursts, so self-love is never contented, crying ‘Give, give.’’
    • ‘Pistol once again brings attention to the seamy side of war, in his declaration that in France they will be like horseleeches, sucking blood.’
    • ‘Pistol sums up their intentions perfectly when he boasts, ‘Let us to France, like horseleeches, my boys, / To suck, to suck, the very blood to suck!’’
    • ‘Ribbon leeches, which have firm bodies and minimal suction, make excellent bait, but a walleye will turn up its nose at a horseleech or medicine leech, which have soft, squishy bodies and strong suction.’