sow bug

[ sou ]
/ saʊ /

noun

any of several small, terrestrial isopods, especially of the genus Oniscus; wood louse.

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Origin of sow bug

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for sow bug

sow bug
/ (saʊ) /

noun

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
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