medicinal leech


medicinal leech

noun

  1. a bloodsucking leech, Hirudo medicinalis, of Europe, introduced into the northeastern U.S., usually green with brown stripes, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long: once used by physicians to bleed patients.

noun

  1. a large European freshwater leech, Hirudo medicinalis, formerly used in medical bloodletting

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