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a leech (animal)

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Etymology 1

Old English læċe

Noun

Singular
leech

Plural
es

leech (es)
  1. An aquatic blood-sucking annelid of class Hirudinea, especially Hirudo medicinalis.
  2. A person who derives profit from others, in a parasitic fashion.
  3. (obsolete) A physician.
  4. (paganism) A healer in Heathenry.
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healer in Heathenry

  • (A date for this quote is being sought): Swain Wodening, “Scandinavian Craft Lesson 6: Runic Divination”, Theod Magazine, volume 3, number 4
    In ancient times runesters were a specialized class separate from that of the witch or ordinary spell caster (much as the other specialists such as the leech or healer and the seithkona were different from a witch), and even today many believe it takes years of training to become adept at using the runes in spell work.
  • 1900, Augustus Henry Keane, Man, Past and Present, The University Press (Cambridge)
    Their functions are threefold, those of the medicine-man (the leech, or healer by supernatural means); of the soothsayer (the prophet through communion with the invisible world); and of the priest, especially in his capacity as exorcist
  • 2003, Brian Froud and Ari Berk, The Runes of Elfland, Pavillion Books, ISBN 1 86205 647 1, page 22
    "Leech?" "Not another doctor".
  • 2004, Runic John, The Book of Seithr, Capall Bann Publishing, ISBN 186163 299 0, page 282
    There are many kinds of "Leech" or "healer" as there are healing techniques, some are more powerful than others and some are very specific to certain illnesses and complaints; some use potions and unguents, others crystals and stones, others galdr and some work their healing from within the hidden realms themselves.
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Verb

Infinitive
to leech

Third person singular
leech

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to leech (third-person singular simple present leech, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To apply a leech medicinally.
  2. (transitive) To drain (resources) without giving back.
    Bert leeched hundreds of files from the BBS, but never uploaded anything in return.
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Etymology 2

Middle English, maybe from Old Norse lik

Noun

leech

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The vertical edge of a square sail
  2. (nautical) The aft edge of a triangular sail
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West Frisian

Adjective

leech

  1. low
  2. empty
  1. "De opfreeche side titel wie ûnjildich, leech, of in miskeppele." (The requested page title was invalid, empty or improperly linked.)

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