Definition of Melophagus

1. Noun. An arthropod genus of wingless flies including the sheep ked.

Exact synonyms: Genus Melophagus
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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Lexicographical Neighbors of Melophagus

Mellaril
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

Literary usage of Melophagus

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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; ..."

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