- any of certain small, terrestrial crustaceans of the genera Oniscus, Armadillidium, etc., having a flattened, elliptical body.
Origin of wood louse
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for wood louse
Nobody that would not stoop to save a wood-louse in his path can claim to love.Sylvia & Michael
"A man who lives like a wood-louse would be sure to look like that," he added.Z. Marcas
Honore de Balzac
Why not an earwig, or a black-beetle, or a wood-louse, or a centipede?
Finally they came across the wood-louse, whom they found mentioned in the letter as "maid-servant."Italian Popular Tales
Thomas Frederick Crane
There was once a wood-louse, who, being dissatisfied with his position, called himself a Pterygobranchiate.The Hypocrite
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull