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Leech etymology

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tinyphysics
1249546.  Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:24 pm Reply with quote

The Latin name for leech is 'hirudo medicinalis' which translates to 'medical sucker'

In Old English, leech meant to cure/heal and was used to describe a physician.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirudo_medicinalis
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=leech

 

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