tsetse fly

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

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  • tsetse fly — [tset′sē, tsēt′sē, set′sē, sēt′sē, tēt′sē] n. [Bantu tsetse, lit., fly that kills animals] any of a family (Glossinidae) of small dipterous flies of central and S Africa, including species that carry the trypanosomes that cause nagana and… …   English World dictionary

  • 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 * * * any member of the genus Glossina …   Medical dictionary

  • tsetse fly — 1849, probably via S.African Dutch, from a Bantu language (Cf. Setswana tsetse. Luyia tsiisi flies ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tsetse fly — This page is about the insect. For other meanings, see Tsetse (disambiguation). Tsetse fly Tsetse fly Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • tsetse fly — /tset see, tet , tsee tsee, tee / any of several bloodsucking African flies of the genus Glossina, that act as a vector of sleeping sickness and other trypanosome infections of humans and domestic animals. Also, tzetze fly. Also called tsetse,… …   Universalium

  • 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 — 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 — tset|se fly tzetze fly [ˈtetsi flaı, ˈtsetsi , ˈsetsi ] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Afrikaans; Origin: Tswana tsetse] an African fly that sucks the blood of people and animals and spreads serious diseases …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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