wood louse


noun Zoology.

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

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Origin of wood louse

First recorded in 1605–15
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British Dictionary definitions for wood louse

woodlouse
/ (ˈwʊdˌlaʊs) /

noun plural -lice (-ˌlaɪs)

any of various small terrestrial isopod crustaceans of the genera Oniscus, Porcellio, etc, which have a flattened segmented body and occur in damp habitatsSee also pill bug
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