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pill bug

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noun
  1. any of various small terrestrial isopods, especially of the genera Armadillidium and Oniscus, which can roll themselves up into a spherical shape.
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Origin of pill bug

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for pillbug

pill bug

noun
  1. any of various woodlice of the genera Armadillidium and Oniscus, capable of rolling up into a ball when disturbed
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Word Origin and History for pillbug

n.

also pill-bug, 1841, from pill (n.) + bug (n.).

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