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Pronunciation: lech


  1. A bloodsucking aquatic annelid worm (genus Hirudo, class Hirudinea) sometimes used in medicine for local withdrawal of blood.
  2. To treat medically by applying leeches.

[A.S. laece, a physician; a leech, because of its therapeutic use]

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