horse-leech Summary and Overview
Bible Dictionaries at a Glance
horse-leech in Easton's Bible Dictionary
occurs only in Prov. 30:15 (Heb. 'alukah); the generic name for
any blood-sucking annelid. There are various species in the
marshes and pools of Israel. That here referred to, the
Hoemopis, is remarkable for the coarseness of its bite, and is
therefore not used for medical purposes. They are spoken of in
the East with feelings of aversion and horror, because of their
propensity to fasten on the tongue and nostrils of horses when
they come to drink out of the pools. The medicinal leech (Hirudo
medicinalis), besides other species of leeches, are common in
the waters of Syria.
horse-leech in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Heb. 'alukah, occurs once only, viz. #Pr 30:16| There is little doubt that 'alukah denotes some species of leech, or rather is the generic term for any blood-sucking annelid.
horse-leech in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
HORSE'-LEECH (the adherer), a well-known kind of worm very common in all the stagnant waters of Palestine, Prov 30:15. It fastens itself within the nostrils or mouths of animals as they drink, and will suffer itself to be nearly torn in two before relaxing its hold. Its thirst for blood, never satisfied till its body is completely filled, may illustrate the insatiable cravings of lust, avarice, and cruelty.