- any of several small, terrestrial isopods, especially of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.
Origin of sow bug
First recorded in 1740–50
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- US and Canadian any of various woodlice, esp any of the genera Oniscus and Porcellio
Word Origin for sow bug
C18: from its resemblance to a pig in shape