tsetse fly

tsetse fly
tsetse fly n any of several dipteran flies of the genus Glossina that occur in sub-Saharan Africa and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes (as those causing sleeping sickness and nagana) called also tsetse

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any member of the genus Glossina.

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  • tsetse fly — noun bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc. • Syn: ↑tsetse, ↑tzetze fly, ↑tzetze, ↑glossina • Hypernyms: ↑fly • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Glossina …   Useful english dictionary

  • tsetse fly — [[t]tse̱tsi flaɪ[/t]] tsetse flies also tsetse N VAR A tsetse fly or a tsetse is an African fly that feeds on blood and can cause serious diseases in the people and animals that it bites …   English dictionary

  • tsetse fly — UK [ˈtetsɪ ˌflaɪ] / UK [ˈtsetsɪ ˌflaɪ] / US [ˈtsetsɪ ˌflaɪ] / US [ˈsetsɪ ˌflaɪ] noun [countable] Word forms tsetse fly : singular tsetse fly plural tsetse flies a flying insect in Africa that bites people and animals in order to drink their blood …   English dictionary

  • tsetse fly — noun Etymology: Afrikaans, from Tswana tsètsè fly Date: 1865 any of several dipteran flies (genus Glossina) that occur in Africa south of the Sahara and include vectors of human and animal trypanosomes called also tsetse compare sleeping sickness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tsetse fly — tset′se (or tzetze fly) [[t]ˈtsɛt si, ˈtɛt , ˈtsi tsi, ˈti [/t]] n. ent any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, including some that are vectors of trypanosomes that cause sleeping sickness and other diseases Also called… …   From formal English to slang

  • tsetse fly disease — noun see tsetse disease * * * tsetse fly disease, = nagana. (Cf. ↑nagana) …   Useful english dictionary

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