Origin of crab louse
Definition for crab louse (2 of 2)
noun, plural lice [lahys] /laɪs/ for 1–3, lous·es for 4.
verb (used with object), loused, lous·ing.
Origin of louse
Examples from the Web for crab louse
At the same spot are two trees, one of which is called the ordinary louse tree, the other, the crab-louse tree.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
Yon cruiser overhauls everything from a crab to a crab-louse.
Pediculosis pubis is a condition due to the presence of the pediculus pubis, or crab-louse.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin|Henry Weightman Stelwagon
British Dictionary definitions for crab louse (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for crab louse (2 of 2)
noun plural lice (laɪs)
Word Origin for louse
Word Origin and History for crab louse
"parasitic insect infecting human hair and skin," Old English lus, from Proto-Germanic *lus (cf. Old Norse lus, Middle Dutch luus, Dutch luis, Old High German lus, German Laus), from PIE *lus- "louse" (cf. Welsh lleuen "louse"). Slang meaning "obnoxious person" is from 1630s. The plural lice (Old English lys) shows effects of i-mutation. The verb meaning "to clear of lice" is from late 14c.; to louse up "ruin, botch" first attested 1934, from the literal sense (of bedding), from 1931.