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Definitions of louse

  1. wingless insect with mouth parts adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on birds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. wingless usually flattened blood-sucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. any of several small insects especially aphids that feed by sucking the juices from plants Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial, parasitic insects belonging to a tribe (Pediculina), now usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head louse of man (Pediculus capitis), the body louse (P. vestimenti), and the crab louse (Phthirius pubis), and many others. See Crab louse, Dog louse, Cattle louse, etc., under Crab, Dog, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Any one of the numerous species of aphids, or plant lice. See Aphid. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Any small crustacean parasitic on fishes. See Branchiura, and Ichthvophthira. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To clean from lice. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. A general name for small, wingless, parasitic insects, previously of the order Phthiraptera. Though exact taxonomy is still controversial, they can be grouped in the orders ANOPLURA (sucking lice), MALLOPHAGA (biting lice), and Rhynchophthirina (elephant-lice). Medical Dictionary DB
  11. A small, flat, wingless insect living and feeding on the bodies of animals or men. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Pediculus, phthirius; an animal parasite infesting the hairy parts or the clothing. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. A common wingless parasitic insect:-pl. LICE (lis). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Parasitic insect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A small parasitic insect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A parasitic insect, of which there are numerous species. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Any one of numerous small mandibulate insects, mostly parasitic on birds, and feeding on the feathers. They are known as Mallophaga, or bird lice, though some occur on the hair of mammals. They are usually regarded as degraded Pseudoneuroptera. See Mallophaga. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. Any one of numerous species of small, wingless, suctorial, parasitic insects belonging to a tribe (Pediculina), now usually regarded as degraded Hemiptera. To this group belong of the lice of man and other mammals; as, the head louse of man (Pediculus capitis), the body louse (Pediculus vestimenti), and the crab louse (Phthirius pubis), and many others. See Crab louse, Dog louse, Cattle louse, etc., under Crab, Dog, etc. dictgcide_fs
  19. lows, n. a common wingless parasitic insect, with a flat body, and short legs furnished with claws:--pl. LICE (l[=i]s).--v.t. (obs.) to remove lice from.--n. LOUS'INESS.--adj. LOUS'Y, swarming with lice. [A.S. lús, pl. lýs; Ger. laus; from the root of Goth. liusan, to destroy.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. [Latin] A genus of insects of the division Aptera, parasitic on man and animals, producing the state known as pediculosis or lousiness. Pediculus capitis (Head-l.) attached to the hairs of the scalp produces Pediculosis (or Phtheiriasis) capitis (Pediculosis capilliti). Pediculus corporis (Pediculus vestimenti, Body-l., Clothes-l.), living in the clothes next the skin, produces Pediculosis corporis. Pediculus (or Phtheirius) pubis (Crab-l.), attached to the hair of pubes, produces Pediculosis pubis, or if on the eyebrows and eyelashes, Phtheiriasis palpebrarum. Symptoms of pediculosis: intense itching with the lesions due to scratching. na
  21. (pl. lice). Parasitic insect infesting human hair& skin; kinds of parasite of mammals, birds, fish, & plants. Hence lousy (-z-) a., lousiness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. See Pediculus. American pocket medical dictionary.
  23. Pl., lice. A parasitic insect of the genus Pediculus, infesting the human hair and skin. [Old Eng.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  24. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A wingless, hemipterous insect having a sucking mouth. It is found parasitic upon mammals : pl. Lice Cabinet Dictionary

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