Definition of Melophagus ovinus
1. Noun. Wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle.
Generic synonyms: Hippoboscid, Louse Fly
Group relationships: Genus Melophagus, Melophagus
Medical Definition of Melophagus ovinus
1. A wingless, flattened, hairy, leathery parasitic fly found in the wool of sheep and on goats; it is widespread in sheep, in which it sucks blood and causes much skin irritation. Synonym: ked. (05 Mar 2000)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Melophagus Ovinus
Literary usage of Melophagus ovinus
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Medical and Veterinary Entomology: A Textbook for Use in Schools and by William Brodbeck Herms (1915)
"The Sheep " Tick," melophagus ovinus Linn. (Fig. 185), is a wingless species ... The sheep tick or louse fly, melophagus ovinus. Pupa (left), adult (right). ..."
2. Illustrations of British Blood-sucking Flies by Ernest Edward Austen (1906)
"melophagus ovinus, Linn. The Sheep " Tick,'1 Sheep '' \.ou.se," or Keel. ... that melophagus ovinus" is extremely injurious to sheep, by making the animal ..."
3. Economic Entomology for the Farmer and the Fruit Grower, and for Use as a by John Bernhard Smith (1906)
"A few species are wingless, and among them is the so-called "sheep-tick," Melophagus ovinus, which is usually looked upon as a louse, and resembles one in ..."