delouse

[ dee-lous, -louz ]
/ diˈlaʊs, -ˈlaʊz /

verb (used with object), de·loused, de·lous·ing.

to free of lice; remove lice from.

Nearby words

  1. deloria,
  2. delorme,
  3. delorme, philibert,
  4. delors,
  5. delos,
  6. delphi,
  7. delphi technique,
  8. delphian,
  9. delphian node,
  10. delphic

Origin of delouse

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + louse

Related formsde·lous·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for delouse

delouse

/ (diːˈlaʊs, -ˈlaʊz) /

verb

(tr) to rid (a person or animal) of lice as a sanitary measure
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Word Origin and History for delouse

delouse

v.

1918, from de- + louse. First used in reference to World War I armies. Related: Deloused; delousing.

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