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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tsetse fly, tsetse, tzetze fly, tzetze, glossinanoun

    bloodsucking African fly; transmits sleeping sickness etc.


  1. tsetsenoun

    Any fly of the genus Glossina, native to Africa, that feeds on human and animal blood; known primarily as a carrier of parasitic trypanosomes.

  2. Etymology: From tsetse.


  1. tsetse

    Tsetse ( SEET-see, US: TSEET-see or UK: TSET-sə) (sometimes spelled tzetze; also known as tik-tik flies), are large, biting flies that inhabit much of tropical Africa. Tsetse flies include all the species in the genus Glossina, which are placed in their own family, Glossinidae. The tsetse is an obligate parasite, which lives by feeding on the blood of vertebrate animals. Tsetse has been extensively studied, because of their role in transmitting disease. They have a prominent economic impact in sub-Saharan Africa, as the biological vectors of trypanosomes, causing human and animal trypanosomiasis. Tsetse is multivoltine and long-lived, typically producing about four broods per year, with up to 31 broods over their lifespans.Tsetse can be distinguished from other large flies by two easily-observed features: Primarily, tsetse fold their wings over their abdomens completely when they are resting (so that one wing rests directly on top of the other); Secondly, tsetse also have a long proboscis, extending directly forward, which is attached by a distinct bulb to the bottom of their heads. Fossilized tsetse has been recovered from Paleogene-aged rocks in the United States and Germany. Twenty-three extant species of tsetse flies are known from the African continent as well as the Arabian Peninsula.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tsetsenoun

    a venomous two-winged African fly (Glossina morsitans) whose bite is very poisonous, and even fatal, to horses and cattle, but harmless to men. It renders extensive districts in which it abounds uninhabitable during certain seasons of the year

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tsetse

    tset′sē, n. a dipterous insect of South Africa (Glossina morsitans), not much larger than the common house-fly, brownish, with four yellow bars across the abdomen, strangely limited within sharply defined areas or 'fly-belts.' Its bite is fatal to the ox, horse, and dog.

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  1. sestet

  2. teests

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tsetse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tsetse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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