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engorge (itself) on (someone or something)

To drink and fill itself with blood, as of an animal or insect. Unfortunately, it looks like the tick had already engorged itself on your blood before we found it.
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engorge (itself) on someone or something

 and engorge (itself) with something
[for an animal] to drink its fill of blood. The vampire bat engorged itself on a number of creatures last night. Mosquitoes engorge on human victims. The mosquitoes engorged themselves with my blood all night long.
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However, no significant difference was seen in the amount transmitted by mosquitoes allowed to completely engorge compared with mosquitoes allowed to probe only, without engorgement (p>0.
Forty percent of our mice with intact tails survived after allowing an infected mosquito to engorge.
Six months after they were initially infected, when vector ticks no longer acquired spirochetes from them, eight infected nymphs were permitted to engorge on each bird.
Two weeks later, 10 xenodiagnostic larval ticks were permitted to engorge on each of these mice.
26), it is difficult not to hear overtones of the ravenous monster of Ugaritic (pre-Israelite) mythology, Mot, whose broad throat engorges even the mightiest of gods and heroes--particularly in view of Paul's use of two OT quotations that probably do personify Death in v.
The spinning forces blood away from the centre of the brain and engorges the blood vessels on its surface.
While one turbinate engorges with blood and chokes down airflow, the other shrivels to permit big sniffs.