Complete Definition of "leech"

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English

Image:Leech-china.JPG|thumb|right|200px|a leech (animal)

Pronunciation
AHD|lēch, IPA|/liːtʃ/, SAMPA|/li:tS/
:Rhymes:English:-iːtʃ|Rhymes: -iːtʃ

Homophones
leach

Etymology 1
Old English læċe

Noun
en-noun|es

  1. An aquatic blood-sucking annelid of class Hirudinea, especially Hirudo medicinalis.
  2. A person who derives profit from others, in a parasitic fashion.
  3. (obsolete) A physician.

Translations
trans-top|blood-sucking annelid
trreq|Afrikaans
trreq|Albanian
trreq|Armenian
Basque: izain
Bulgarian: пиявица f
CJKV Characters: 蟥; 螞, 蚂
Chinese: 蚂蟥 (mǎhuáng)
Croatian: pijavica f
Czech: pijavice f
Danish: blodigle c, igler p
Dutch: bloedzuiger m
Esperanto: hirudo
trreq|Estonian
Finnish: juotikas, iilimato
French: sangsue f
Georgian: წურბელა (ts‘urbela)
German: Blutegel m, Egel m
Greek: βδέλλα f
trreq|Gujarati
trreq|Hawaiian
Hebrew: עלוקה f
trreq|Hindi
Hungarian: pióca
Icelandic: blóðsuga f, iglur p
Ido: sanguisugo
trans-mid
Indonesian: lintah
Italian: sanguisuga f
Japanese: ヒル (hiru)
Korean: 거머리 (geomeori)
Latin: hirudo f
trreq|Latvian
trreq|Lithuanian
trreq|Malay
trreq|Malayalam
trreq|Mongolian
Polish: pijawka f
Portuguese: sanguessuga f
trreq|Romanian
Russian: пиявка (pijávka) f
Serbian: пијавица f
Slovak: pijavica f
Slovene: pijavka f
Spanish: sanguijuela f, hirudíneo m
Swedish: igel c
trreq|Tamil
Thai: Thai|ทาก (thàak)
Turkish: sülük
Ukrainian: п'явка f
Vietnamese: đỉa
trreq|Yiddish
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Verb
en-verb|leech|es

  1. To apply a leech medicinally.
  2. To drain the resources of, without giving back.

#: Bert leeched hundreds of files from the BBS, but never uploaded anything in return.

Etymology 2
Middle English, maybe from Old Norse lik.

Noun
leech

  1. context|Nautical The vertical edge of a square sail
  2. nautical The aft edge of a triangular sail

Translations
trans-top|aft edge of a triangular sail
Finnish: takaliikki
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Derived terms
leech line

Related terms
luff
foot

See also
w:parts of a sail|Wikipedia article on parts of a sail


Frisian

Adjective
leech

  1. low
  2. empty

Category:Frisian adjectives


Old English
rfv|why is this on the "leech" as well as the "læccan" page indicated in the headword?
Etymology
Common Germanic *lakk-

Noun
læċċan

  1. to seize

Category:Old English nouns

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