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Hematophages are animals that drink blood. 

 

Some hematophages are insects, such as mosquitoes or bedbugs.

 

Some hematophages are fish, such as lampreys.

 

Some hematophages are mammals, such as the famous "vampire bats"!

Blood has been a part of human cuisine for centuries! Some examples include:
  • blood pancakes, made with pork or reindeer blood (Scandinavia)
  • tiet canh, a stew made with duck blood (Viet Nam)
  • cabidela, a sauce made with chicken or rabbit blood (Brazil and Portugal)
  • black pudding, a sausage made with pork blood (United Kingdom)
  • saksang, a stew made with pork or water buffalo blood (Indonesia)
  • nanchi, a dressing made with sheep blood (Chile)
  • haejangguk, a broth made with ox blood (Korea)
  • blood and milk, a Maasai drink made with cattle blood (Kenya and Tanzania)
  • blood tofu, made with pork or duck blood (Hong Kong)
blood
Noun

fluid pumped by the heart through arteries and veins, delivering nutrients to tissues. In humans, blood consists of plasma in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended.

blood vessel
Noun

tubes through which blood circulates.

consume
Verb

to use up.

dengue virus
Noun

infectious disease spread by mosquitoes, with symptoms ranging from headaches to joint pain to death.

disease
Noun

harmful condition of a body part or organ.

encephalitis
Noun

sometimes fatal disease, often transmitted by mosquitoes, affecting the brain.

fish
Noun

aquatic animals with gills, and usually fins and scales.

Noun

material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

hematophage
Noun

animal that consumes blood as food.

hematophagy
Noun

process of consuming blood as food.

host
Noun

organism that is home to a parasite.

insect
Noun

type of animal that breathes air and has a body divided into three segments, with six legs and usually wings.

lethal
Adjective

deadly.

malaria
Noun

infectious disease caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes.

mammal
Noun

animal with hair that gives birth to live offspring. Female mammals produce milk to feed their offspring.

nectar
Noun

sweet plant material that attracts pollinators.

Noun

substance an organism needs for energy, growth, and life.

obligatory
Adjective

required.

optional
Adjective

up to a person's choice.

penetrate
Verb

to push through.

plague
Noun

very infectious, often fatal, disease caused by bacteria.

pollen
Noun

powdery material produced by plants, each grain of which contains a male gamete capable of fertilizing a female ovule.

proboscis
Noun

long, narrow mouthpart used by many insects for piercing and sucking.

rabies
Noun

infectious disease caused by a virus, often associated with wild animals, with symptoms ranging from muscle spasms to death.

transmit
Verb

to pass along information or communicate.

typhus
Noun

highly infectious and sometimes deadly disease with symptoms of itching sores and severe headache, caused by lice.

vector
Noun

animal that transmits a disease from one organism to another.

well up
Verb

to swell or build up.

West Nile virus
Noun

infectious disease spread by mosquitoes, with symptoms ranging from mild flu to possible death.