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booklouse

or book louse

[ book-lous ]
/ ˈbʊkˌlaʊs /
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noun, plural book·lice [book-lahys]. /ˈbʊkˌlaɪs/.
any of numerous minute, wingless insects of the order Psocoptera, often living among books or papers.
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Origin of booklouse

First recorded in 1865–70; book + louse
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British Dictionary definitions for booklouse

booklouse
/ (ˈbʊkˌlaʊs) /

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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