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wood louse

noun

, Zoology.
  1. any of certain small, terrestrial crustaceans of the genera Oniscus, Armadillidium, etc., having a flattened, elliptical body.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wood louse1

First recorded in 1605–15

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Example Sentences

The marine isopod Idotea entomon, related to the common wood-louse, has a similar distribution.

Animals resembling a wood-louse were also in the sea, swimming and running about the floating shells and barnacles.

Nobody that would not stoop to save a wood-louse in his path can claim to love.

The following is taken from his description: The caterpillar is shaped like a wood-louse, hairy, and pale green.

Onisciform: shaped like a wood-louse, Oniscus sp.; applied to certain Lycaenid and other caterpillars.

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