booklouse

or book louse

[boo k-lous]

noun, plural book·lice [boo k-lahys] /ˈbʊkˌlaɪs/.

any of numerous minute, wingless insects of the order Psocoptera, often living among books or papers.

Nearby words

  1. bookkeeping,
  2. booklet,
  3. booklet pane,
  4. booklight,
  5. booklore,
  6. booklover,
  7. bookmaker,
  8. bookmaking,
  9. bookman,
  10. bookmark

Origin of booklouse

First recorded in 1865–70; book + louse

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British Dictionary definitions for booklouse

booklouse

noun plural -lice

any small insect of the order Psocoptera, esp Trogium pulsatorium (common booklouse), a wingless species that feeds on bookbinding paste, etc
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