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barklouse

or bark louse

[ bahrk-lous ]
/ ˈbɑrkˌlaʊs /
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noun, plural bark·lice [bahrk-lahys]. /ˈbɑrkˌlaɪs/.
any of numerous insects of the order Psocoptera that live on the bark of trees and other plants.
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See also psocid.

Origin of barklouse

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bark2 + louse
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