from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An extensive group of insects which are parasitic on birds and mammals, and feed on the feathers and hair; -- called also bird lice. See Bird louse, under bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A group of ametabolous apterous parasitic insects with mandibulate mouth-parts and coalesced mesometathorax, jointed antennæ and palpi, superior spiracles, and short stout legs ending in hooked claws.
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- n. biting lice
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