(1817-1864) English caricaturist. He illustrated many books, including Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and during 1841–64 contributed about 3,000 humorous drawings and political cartoons to Punch magazine.
(Irregular plural: leeches).
1. A follower who hangs around in hope of gain or advantage; SYN. minion, parasite, sponge.
2. Carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end; SYN. bloodsucker, hirudinean.
Annelid worm forming the class Hirudinea. Leeches inhabit fresh water, and in tropical countries infest damp forests. As bloodsucking animals they are injurious to people and animals, to whom they attach themselves by means of a strong mouth adapted to sucking.
Formerly, the medicinal leech Hirudo medicinalis was used extensively for “bleeding” for a variety of ills. It is still cultivated as the source of the anticoagulant hirudin.
1. Either vertical edge of a square sail
2. The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail
1. To bleed by the use of leeches
2. To drain the substance of; exhaust
3. To attach oneself to a person as a leech