Definition of Melophagus
1. Noun. An arthropod genus of wingless flies including the sheep ked.
Generic synonyms: Arthropod Genus
Group relationships: Family Hippoboscidae, Hippoboscidae
Member holonyms: Melophagus Ovinus, Sheep Ked, Sheep Tick, Sheep-tick
Medical Definition of Melophagus
1. A genus of louse flies (family Hippoboscidae) that includes the ectoparasite of sheep, Melophagus ovinus. See: Hippobosca. Origin: G. Melon, sheep, + phagein, to eat (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Melophagus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"A species of melophagus that lives on the Stag, that presents rudiments of wings, and whose thorax is rather wider than the head, forms the subgenus ..."
2. The Universe: Or, The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Little by Félix-Archimède Pouchet (1884)
"melophagus of the Sheep—. ... whilst others (melophagus), still more degraded, have none at all, and pass their lives clinging to the wool of the sheep. ..."
3. The Intellectual Observer (1864)
"Having briefly noticed the external structure of the melophagus, we shall be inclined to take a fresh specimen and examine its internal anatomy; ..."