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Noun: sheep tick  sheep tik
  1. Wingless fly that is an external parasite on sheep and cattle
    - sheep ked, sheep-tick, Melophagus Ovinus, ked
     
  2. Parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete
    - sheep-tick, Ixodes ricinus

Derived forms: sheep tick, sheep-ticks, sheep ticks

Type of: hard tick, hippoboscid, ixodid, louse fly

Part of: genus Ixodes, genus Melophagus, Ixodes, Melophagus

Encyclopedia: Sheep tick