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LEECH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leech mean? 

LEECH (noun)
  The noun LEECH has 2 senses:

1. carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
2. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

  Familiarity information: LEECH used as a noun is rare.


LEECH (verb)
  The verb LEECH has 1 sense:

1. draw blood

  Familiarity information: LEECH used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEECH (noun)


Sense 1leech [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

bloodsucker; hirudinean; leech

Hypernyms ("leech" is a kind of...):

annelid; annelid worm; segmented worm (worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leech"):

Hirudo medicinalis; medicinal leech (large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodletting)

horseleech (any of several large freshwater leeches)

Holonyms ("leech" is a member of...):

class Hirudinea; Hirudinea (hermaphroditic aquatic or terrestrial or parasitic annelids)


Sense 2leech [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

leech; parasite; sponger; sponge

Hypernyms ("leech" is a kind of...):

follower (a person who accepts the leadership of another)


LEECH (verb)


Sense 1leech [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw blood

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

leech; phlebotomise; phlebotomize; bleed

Context example:

In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment

Hypernyms (to "leech" is one way to...):

care for; treat (provide treatment for)

Domain category:

medicine; practice of medicine (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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