engorge itself on (someone or something)

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engorge itself on (someone or something)

Of an insect or animal, to drink and fill itself with blood. The tick had already engorged itself on your blood by the time we discovered it on your body.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: engorge, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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culicifacies blood engorged on ivermectin treated and control calve at day 1,14 and 28 day post treatment are shown in (Fig.2).
stephensi survived up to 12 days post blood feeding when blood engorged on control calves at 1,14 and 28 day respectively.
stephensi blood engorged on ivermectin treated and control calve at day 1,14 and 28 day post treatment are show in (Fig.4).
stephensi blood engorged on calves 28 days after ivermectin treatment were lower and significant than their respective controls p less than 0.05.
stephensi blood engorged on control and ivermectin treated calves 1, 14 and 28 days after ivermectin treatment.
stephensi blood engorged on control calves (p-value less than 0.001).