Meaning of tsetse in English:


(also tsetse fly)

Pronunciation /ˈtsɛtsi/ /ˈtɛtsi/

Translate tsetse into Spanish


  • An African bloodsucking fly which bites humans and other mammals, transmitting sleeping sickness and nagana.

    Genus Glossina, family Tabanidae

    ‘It is caused by a protozoan, Trypanosoma brucei, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of a tsetse fly.’
    • ‘The tsetse fly transmits sleeping sickness, midges transmits lumpy skin disease and three-day stiff sickness.’
    • ‘Due to the altitude, much of the region is free of malarial mosquitoes and the tsetse and other flies that spread human and animal diseases.’
    • ‘The main health threats are sleeping sickness, transmitted by the tsetse fly, and malaria.’
    • ‘It is caused by the trypanosoma parasite, which enters the bloodstream through the bite of the tsetse fly.’


Mid 19th century from Setswana.