Definition of Melophagus ovinus

1. Noun. Wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle.

Exact synonyms: Sheep Ked, Sheep Tick, Sheep-tick
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)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melophagus Ovinus

Mellissa
Mellivora
Mellivora capensis
Mellon
Melnick-Needles syndrome
Melocactus
Melodie
Melody
Melogale
Meloidae
Melolontha
Melolontha melolontha
Melolonthidae
Melony
Melophagus
Melophagus ovinus
Melopsittacus
Melopsittacus undulatus
Melospiza
Melospiza georgiana
Melospiza melodia
Melpomene
Melpomenean
Meltzer's law
Meltzer-Lyon test
Melungeon
Melungeons
Melursus
Melursus ursinus
Melvil Dewey

Literary usage of Melophagus ovinus

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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 ..."

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