Meaning of leechcraft in English:


Pronunciation /ˈliːtʃkrɑːft/


mass nounarchaic
  • The art of healing.

    ‘She was worshipped by poets, and had two sisters of the same name connected with leechcraft and smithwork.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that until the monasteries came any organised leechcraft even existed.’
    • ‘I cured many patients and at the same time my leechcraft improved a lot.’
    • ‘Her leechcraft and repute have attracted many foreigners.’
    • ‘And yes, before anyone else writes me smug emails, I know that leeches are very useful in modern medicine, but what I actually said was ` leechcraft’.’


Old English lǣcecræft(see leech, craft).