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TICK, contracts. Credit; as, if a servant usually buy for the master upon tick, and the servant buy something without the master's order, yet, if the master were trusted by the trader, he is liable. 1 Show. 95; 3 Keb. 625; 10 Mod. 111; 3 Esp. R. 214; 4 Esp. R. 174.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The eggs, which represent the overwintering stage, hatch in the spring to produce minute, six-legged larvae called seed ticks. Scarcely more than one-sixteenth of an inch in size, the seed ticks immediately begin looking for an appropriate source for their first blood meal.
It can also help to comb out seed ticks or excess hair during shedding time.
The larvae that hatch out are called seed ticks. These are not "worms," as the stage name might suggest, but miniature versions of adult ticks.